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Manual Tally Of Votes Keeps Candidates In Limbo

With a one percent manual tally of votes being conducted in several races in San Joaquin County, final vote totals are still not confirmed for the Nov. 8 election.

In Escalon, that means there are no candidates claiming victory yet in the race for three four-year posts on the Escalon City Council and one short, two-year term.

In the lead for the four-year terms are Andrew Hagan, currently on the council, who has 1,975 votes for an estimated 30 percent of the total. Newcomer Jeremy Engle has 1,306 votes for about 20 percent. The third and final seat is shaping up as a tight race between longtime incumbent councilman Ed Alves and challenger Malinda Walker. In the latest totals released by the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters, Walker had pulled ahead of Alves but by just three votes, with 1,226 votes to the 1,223 for Alves.

Incumbent Peter Krumeich had received 800 votes in the five-way race for the three full terms on the council dais.

For the short-term seat, Shawn Strohman continues to lead, with 967 votes at last count, roughly 40 percent of the total cast. Elsa Sandoval was in second at 788 votes, with Kurt Danziger third with 432 and Sherry Hill fourth with 257 votes.

The Registrar of Voters office has 30 days following the election to certify the totals and the manual tally was still being conducted as of press time.

Another race of note in the Escalon area, that for the South San Joaquin Irrigation District Division 1 post, saw challenger David L. Roos maintaining a roughly 56 to 44 percent edge over incumbent Robert “Bob” Holmes; Roos with 3,655 votes and Holmes with 2,907.

County officials reported the voter turnout for the Nov. 8 election was 174,344 votes out of 385,679 registered voters in the county for just over 45 percent.