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News - June 27, 2018

Magee wins race for county school superintendent

The race for San Mateo County superintendent of schools post is over, and Nancy Magee is the winner. Her opponent and colleague in the county Office of Education, Gary Waddell, conceded the June 5 election in a statement on June 20.

"Nancy has spent her career in the service of students and I am certain that she will continue that tradition as San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools," Waddell said in his statement. "I look forward to supporting Superintendent-Elect Magee in the service of San Mateo County."

Waddell is currently serving as deputy superintendent in the county office; Magee is an associate superintendent.

The semi-official results of the June 20 vote tally released by the county elections office showed Magee ahead by 0.62 of a percentage point. Magee led with 63,404 votes, or 50.46 percent. Waddell received 62,247 votes, or 49.54 percent, the report said.

Waddell led the race in the initial tallies, but as the count progressed, his margin narrowed. The June 15 report showed Magee ahead for the first time.

The elections office has about 700 votes in the "challenged" category, Jim Irizarry of the Elections Office told The Almanac. If analysis shows that some of these ballots are valid, they will be added to the final count for the certification of the election.


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