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Alves, Swift Get Council Nod
‘No’ On School Bond

Voters in Escalon returned a couple of City Council members to the panel but gave a ‘No’ vote to a multimillion dollar school bond, according to results from the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters office.

Incumbent Escalon City Council member Ed Alves polled about 24 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election, the top vote getter of six on the ballot for three open positions.

Alves was at 875 votes with all precincts reporting in, followed by incumbent Robert Swift, 855 votes for 23 percent. Peter Krumeich was in third, 613 votes for 17 percent, followed by Richard Percey, 547 votes, 15 percent; Stephanie Ennis Wiensz, 468 votes, 13 percent; and Will Smith, 326 votes, 9 percent. Prior to the election, Wiensz officially withdrew but her name remained on the ballot.

Results have not been finalized but it appears as though both incumbents will return to the council dais, with the third seat still to be determined.

Escalon Unified School District voters gave a thumbs down to Measure E, a $25 million bond for school modernization and athletic facilities improvement, with 1,496 ‘No’ votes to 1,339 ‘Yes’ for the measure. That shows a 53 to 47 percent disapproval; the measure needed 55 percent approval to pass.

Incumbent school board member Richard Thompson in District 1 had 246 votes to challenger Ryan Rissetto’s 158 and incumbent Kate Powell also appeared headed back to the board with 287 votes in the race for District 2, outdistancing challenger Kurt Kale, with 201 votes.

In the 10th Congressional District – one of the most heated races – the result is too close to call, with incumbent Jeff Denham hanging on to a 51 percent to 49 percent vote lead over challenger Josh Harder in the overall race. In San Joaquin County, Republican Denham was trailing slightly, as he had 16,430 votes to the 16,880 for Democrat Harder. The district includes portions of both Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

Heath Flora easily won reelection in the 12th Assembly District with a 32,295 to 20,915 vote margin over challenger Robert D. Chase.

Look for full election results, including comment from the winners, in the Nov. 14 issue of The Times.