Single vote separates Shandon school board candidates

Only one vote separated Ester C. Garcia and Michael Wimmer in their quest for a seat on the Shandon Joint Unified School District board, making it the closest race in San Luis Obispo County from Tuesday’s election.

With all of the ballots counted, the unofficial return showed that Garcia had 114 votes to Wimmer’s 113.

They were competing for the third seat. Four people ran; incumbent Jack Cook and newcomer Amy Russell were able to win four-year terms.

There were 610 registered voters in the school district race; 307, or 50.3 percent, cast ballots.

An undetermined number of absentee ballots remain to be counted and that could change the outcome.

The district consists of three schools: Shandon Elementary School, Shandon High School and Parkfield Elementary School, a one-room schoolhouse in Monterey County.

The district encompasses approximately 600 square miles in the unincorporated area east of Paso Robles. Shandon has a population of approximately 2,000.

-- Staff report