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SCV election results set to be certified

Semifinal results from county show little change from earlier tallies

Posted: November 25, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 25, 2013 2:00 a.m.

All the ballots are counted and the results from recent board elections in the Santa Clarita Valley are largely unchanged from what was announced earlier this month.

County officials have finished tallying ballots left over from the Nov. 5 election last week and with no change in the winners, the results are set to be certified by members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors during their meeting Tuesday.

Semifinal results released by the Los Angeles County Department of Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk showed
Little had changed since preliminary results were released shortly after the polls closed, apart from the vote totals.

The only other thing that has changed since preliminary results were released shortly after the polls closed is the positioning of two of the three candidates in the Newhall School District, where Brian Walters finished with 1,915 votes, five ahead of fellow incumbent Phil Ellis.

Ellis had finished ahead of Walters in early returns on Election Night.

Incumbent Christy Smith continued to pace the field in the Newhall district race, receiving 2,129 votes while the lone challenger in the race, Sandra Bull, finished with 1,622.

Extra votes did not change the election results in the Sulphur Springs School District, where Ken Chase, who has never before held elected office, finished with 1,542 votes, the most out of the four candidates in the district.

Incumbents Lori MacDonald and Kerry Clegg stayed in second and third place with 1,376 and 1,258 votes, respectively.

Michael Hogan, who has served on the district board for the past decade, lost his board seatwith 1,195 votes.

Updated vote totals allowed challengers to keep things close in elections in the Saugus Union School District and the Newhall County Water District, though neither was able to quite make up the gap.

In the Saugus district, challenger Chris Trunkey finished with 2,044 votes, 58 fewer than incumbent Doug Bryce, who won re-election to another term.

The two other incumbents up for re-election, Judy Egan Umeck and Paul De La Cerda, won re-election comfortably while another challenger, Stacie Allegra, finished a distant fifth with 1,165 votes.

Carl Puckett, the lone challenger going up against three incumbents for a board seat in the Newhall County Water District, also failed to make up notable ground as more ballots were counted. His 1,076 votes put him 63 behind Kathy Colley, who won re-election to her second term on the board.

The other two candidates, incumbents Maria Gutzeit and BJ Atkins, won re-election easily with 1,329 and 1,298 votes, respectively.
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