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Portola Valley mayor and challenger separated by 20 votes for third council seat

by Angela Swartz

Over a week after Election Day, Mayor Craig Hughes is still trailing behind retired family physician Mary Hufty in the race for a seat on the Portola Valley Town Council, according to the latest vote count released on Wednesday, Nov. 16, afternoon, expanding her lead over Hughes. There are three seats open on the council.

Hufty is still in third place, behind Planning Commissioners Judith Hasko and Craig Taylor, with 1,208 votes (or 17.9%), while Hughes has 1,188 votes (or 17.6%). Hughes was slightly ahead of Hufty earlier on election night, but Hufty, who also ran for council in 2020, overtook him by the end of the evening. On Friday, Nov. 11, Hughes and Hufty were separated by 16 votes, by Monday, Nov. 14, they were separated by 10 votes. By Tuesday, it was just a six vote difference.

Hasko leads the with 1,995 votes, or 29.6%. Taylor has 1,456 votes, or 21.6%.

An additional 2,471 votes were counted since the Friday reporting.

An estimated 28,000 ballots remain to be counted for the entire county as of Wednesday. Assistant Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder & Assistant Chief Elections Officer Jim Irizarry couldn't answer questions about how many ballots from Portola Valley voters have not been counted.

Emergency Preparedness Committee Chair Dale Pfau has trailed behind other candidates and is unlikely to win a seat with 898 votes, or 13.3%, as of Tuesday.

The county plans to release its next vote tally before 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, after The Almanac's Wednesday afternoon press deadline.

Email Staff Writer Angela Swartz at [email protected]

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