David Ackerman and Caroline Lucas still lead the race for two seats on the governing board of the Menlo Park City School District with the latest vote count released by the San Mateo County Elections office on Tuesday, Nov. 15. It appears unlikely the outcome of the race will change.
Mr. Ackerman has 4,683 votes (26.7 percent), followed by Ms. Lucas with 4,010 (22.85 percent). Scott Saywell, with 3,720 (21.2 percent) votes and Alka Gupta with 3,715 (21.2 percent) are nearly tied. Scott Hinshaw, whose name was on the ballot but who had dropped out of the race, had 1,420 votes (8.1 percent) on Tuesday.
The county has added 2,295 ballots to its total since its initial report the morning after Election Day. Of the district's 17,424 registered voters, 12,137 cast ballots, according to the latest count. That turnout of 69 percent is expected to rise as more ballots are counted.
The two remaining updates from the Elections Office will come at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, and 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23.
Mr. Ackerman and Ms. Lucas are seen by many as "outsiders," although both are educators with ties to the district. Mr. Ackerman is a retired Oak Knoll School principal and Ms. Lucas had children in the district and is a Spanish teacher in the neighboring Las Lomitas school district.
The other two candidates were seen as members of the district "establishment." Scott Saywell, who trailed Ms. Lucas by 290 votes after the Nov. 15 vote total was reported, is president of the site council at Laurel School and has two young children in the district.
Alka Gupta, who trailed Ms Lucas by 295 votes on Nov. 15, is co-president of the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation board and has a 9-year-old son in a district school.
The district has been reeling since voters failed to approve two parcel tax measures in May, leaving the board with difficult decisions on how to cut the budget and/or propose a new tax measure. Ms. Lucas was aligned with those who campaigned against the parcel taxes, and has been a critic of many district actions.
The candidates filed to run for the two open seats on the five-member school board when incumbents Jeff Child and Maria Hilton decided not to run again. The two will serve four-year terms.