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Small Voter Turnout Seen, Election Results Unofficial

There has been no certification of the results from the June 7 primary election, and San Joaquin County voters did not show up to the polls or return their ballots in droves.

According to the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters office, the voter turnout was just 5.7 percent, with 22,081 ballots cast out of 385,040 registered voters in the county.

A local race of note for San Joaquin County included that for County Superintendent of Schools. The unofficial results, as of presstime on Monday, June 13 showed incumbent Troy A. Brown with 11,624 votes for 64.88 percent, leading challenger Brian Michael Biedermann, who had polled 6,291 votes for 35.12 percent. Brown had been appointed to fill out a term and is seeking to fill a full term at the county Office of Education. With no certification of the vote officially, he has not made any statements about the race or the sizeable lead.

San Joaquin County Sheriff Patrick Withrow was unopposed; he received 16,057 votes in the primary election.

Many of the ballots were returned by mail, though there were a number of polling places open on Election Day itself and in the days leading up to the formal June 7 primary date.

Also unopposed was Phonxay Keokham, running for Treasurer-Tax Collector, receiving 15,923 votes. Steve J. Bestolarides was the lone candidate for Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk, receiving 15,354 votes.

Jeffery Woltkamp had an 11,781 to 5,824 vote lead over Shannon Esenwein in the race for Auditor-Controller.

In a hotly contested race, challenger Ron Freitas was holding a lead with 10,187 votes, over incumbent San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar, who had polled 8,528 votes in her bid for re-election.

Ninth District Assemblyman Heath Flora was unopposed, receiving 7,298 votes. Incumbent Carlos Villapudua was leading in the 13th Assembly District race, at 5,066 votes, with Veronica Vargas trailing at 2,490 votes.

Josh Harder and Tom Patti were the top two vote getters in San Joaquin County in a chance to battle in November for the Ninth District Congressional seat.

At the state level, incumbent Governor Gavin Newsom was favored by 47.43 percent of the county residents casting votes, receiving 10,135 votes; next in line was Brian Dahle at 4,929 votes, for 23.07 percent. The two candidates polling the most votes in the gubernatorial race statewide will face off in November.