Final vote count leaves school board outcome unchanged

Ackerman and Lucas are new Menlo Park City School District board members

• See the latest local election results.

By Barbara Wood | Almanac Staff Writer

David Ackerman

Caroline Lucas
With what San Mateo County says is its last vote count update, issued Nov. 23, David Ackerman and Caroline Lucas still lead the race for two seats on the governing board of the Menlo Park City School District.

Election officials said there are still 1,000 ballots in the county to be counted, but they will have no further vote count updates until the certified election results are released, which must be done by Thursday, Dec. 8.

On Nov. 23, Mr. Ackerman had 5,808 votes (26.7 percent), followed by Ms. Lucas with 4,964 (22.8 percent).

Just out of the running were Alka Gupta with 4,641 (21.35 percent) and Scott Saywell with 4,617 (21.25 percent). Scott Hinshaw, whose name was on the ballot but who had dropped out of the race, received 1,709 votes (7.86 percent).

The county has added 5,276 ballots to its total since its initial report the morning after Election Day. A total of 15,118 ballots had been counted by Nov. 23. The district has 17,424 registered voters.

The district has said the two new board members will be sworn in either at a special meeting on Monday, Dec. 5, or at the board's regular December meeting, now scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 13.

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