Unofficial results from the Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters office show incumbent Herman Doornenbal of Escalon leading in his bid to retain his seat on the Oakdale Irrigation District board.
The Division 2 seat he holds includes land in both San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties. Doornenbal was challenged in his bid for re-election by Don Taro.
The latest update showed Doornenbal with a 427 to 383 vote lead over Taro, roughly a 53 to 47 percent lead.
Doornenbal stopped short of declaring victory, with some votes still to be counted, but said he was optimistic and thankful for the support.
“I just want to stay thank you to all my supporters and the people that made phone calls for me and talked to their friends,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of great projects going on.”
He noted the OID has an opportunity to “do good things” in the community and he is looking forward to sitting on the board again.
“We have to unify,” he added of the panel, as they look to meet the challenges ahead.
In another race of interest to San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties, Mary Beth Carpenter had a slight 103-98 vote lead over Erin Wells in the bid for a seat on the Valley Home Joint School District Board.
Elections officials have not yet certified the vote, with additional mail in and provisional ballots still to be figured in. Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters Lee Lundrigan said the count was continuing, with many ‘Vote By Mail’ ballots still to be counted and some signatures needing verification.
California law requires certification of this election to be on or before Monday, Nov. 20, 2017.