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Shook, House, Gilbert Win Election
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Unofficial results are in for the Nov. 5, 2013 Consolidated District Election. While the final numbers haven’t yet been tallied, it’s pretty clear who the local race winners are by viewing the recent Stanislaus County elections update released by Lee Lundrigan, Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters and Clerk-Recorder.

In the local contested races, the numbers below were as of Monday, Nov. 12. The canvass will continue until complete. California law requires certification of this election to be on or before Mon. Nov. 25, 2013.

For Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board Member, four people ran for three available seats. Incumbent Diane Gilbert captured the lead with just over 33 percent of the vote, Barbara Shook garnered just over 27 percent of the vote, and incumbent Mike House had over 24 percent of the vote to obtain the seats.

For Knights Ferry Elementary School District Board Member, five people ran for three available seats. Incumbent Kym Cassaretto had the lead with nearly 26 percent of the vote, Sean McCarthy had nearly 25 percent of the vote, and Diane Noon received just over 20 percent of the vote to capture the open seats to take their places on the board.

For Valley Home Joint School District Board Member, three people ran for two available seats. Christopher D. Hempleman collected nearly 41 percent of the vote and Julie Haynes received just over 36 percent of the vote, assuming positions on the board.

Mail-in ballots seem to be taking place of the polls. Registrar of Voters Lee Lundrigan reported that 12 of the 158 Stanislaus polling sites had fewer than 10 voters cast ballots on Election Day. There were three polling sites where only one single voter cast a ballot, continuing the trend of voters to select the option to mail their ballots instead of going to the polls.

The unofficial Election Day result may be viewed at the website and includes ballots voted at the polls and vote by mail ballots received and processed.