The campaigning has concluded, the mail in ballots have been counted and the results are unprecedented.
The special election in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District for the Trustee Area 2 board member seat has resulted in a tie. Candidates Terri Taylor and Eric Kjeldgaard each secured a total of 402 votes with the total ballots cast in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties combined.
This rare and unforeseen occasion will now be turned over to the OJUSD Board for further action.
“In board policy, the board has to take action on that,” OJUSD Superintendent Dr. Dave Kline shared on Tuesday morning. “The options are kind of vague. They can call for another election or done by lot. This has to be done in open session, but that decision is up to the board.”
A special meeting will be hosted on Thursday, March 23 at 9 a.m. to decide on how to move forward. The public meeting will be hosted at the OJUSD Tech Center. The decision will not be made at that time, official said, but the process used to choose will be made.
Kline further stated that a winner must be determined.
“The public made their choice and now we have to work with the decision that was given us. Definitely a surprise to us all that there was a tie,” Kline said.