A slate of three candidates — made up of two incumbents and a newcomer — are leading the race for the three open seats on the Ravenswood City School District Board of Trustees, according to election night results as of 9 p.m. The newcomer, educator Laura Nuñez, leads the pack.
President Mele Latu, Vice President Tamara Sobomehin and former candidate Nuñez of Ready Set Ravenswood are beating out Manuel López thus far.
"I am awaiting the final results. I know there are a lot of ballots that are still being counted," said Sobomehin in an email. "I'm recalling the election four years ago and newspapers announcing incorrect 'winners' before all the votes were represented. Win or lose, our district is fortunate to have folks who are interested in serving the youth of our community and invested in their achievement. I’m looking forward to the final count!"
Nuñez has 1,587 votes or 32.2%.
Latu has 1,233 votes or 25.1%, Sobomehin has 1,224 votes or 24.9% and López trails with 868 votes or 17.7%.
"The early results do tell me that I could have done a bigger effort in campaigning," said López in a Wednesday morning statement. "Based on feedback from voters, academic excellence is a high priority for them and it was refreshing for them to hear reasonable proposals on the topic. I am grateful for the support I received despite not having placed signs in the streets or knocked door-to-door."
Initial election results include vote-by-mail ballots received in the mail as of Friday, Nov. 4, and vote-by-mail ballots returned at Vote Centers and Drop Boxes on or before Nov. 4. They also include all Vote Center ballots.
For more on the candidates, go here.
The county plans to release its latest vote tally before 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10.