Five more tight races from Nov. 6 election get settled in SLO County

tweber@thetribunenews.comNovember 16, 2012 

The outcomes of five of nine races left unsettled after the Nov. 6 election were determined in new counting Friday by county staff. Here is a rundown on where the tight races stood:

• In the race for the final seat on the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Board, Chris Bausch beat back Tim Gearhart. Bausch has a lead of 149 votes, with only 104 still to be tallied.

• Geoff English defeated Brenda Gray, building a lead of 42 votes for the third seat on the Templeton Community Services District board. Twenty-seven ballots remained to be counted.

• The second seat for the Heritage Ranch Community Services District board will go to Daniel Burgess, who has a 63-vote lead over David Fretwell with no more ballots to be processed.

• In the race for three seats on the Independence Ranch Community Services District (CSD) board, Terry Leezer finished first, followed by William Mulcahy and Carol Noe. Mary Kalvans finished fourth, two votes behind Noe, with only one vote left to be counted.

• The California Valley services district’s three seats will go to Lisa Marrone, Ro Webb and Misty Lambert. Marrone had 56 votes, followed by Webb and Lambert, both at 54. Prince Frazier got 45 votes. Four ballots remained uncounted.

Races still outstanding

• For Paso Robles City Council, incumbent Fred Strong has widened his lead for second place over Jim Reed to 66 votes, with 80 ballots outstanding.

• In the Oceano CSD, Karen White leads Rick Searcy by 90 votes with 167 still to be counted.

• John Green and Anthony Kalvans have captured seats on the San Miguel services district. But only one vote separates Richard Harrison and Larry Reuck for the third and final seat, with six ballots left to be counted.

• Only four votes separate the no votes from the yes votes over whether Grover Beach should become a charter city. Thirteen ballots remain to be tallied in that race.

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