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Mousalimas, Tilton to face off in November run-off election

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POSTED June 5, 2014 1:44 a.m.

The pavement-pounding and campaign blitz begins anew for James Mousalimas and Jeff Tilton.

No one in the three-way race for San Joaquin County Superintendent of Schools cleared the primary elections bar that would have eliminated a run-off contest in the November general elections.

A simple majority of 50 percent plus one vote garnered by any of the three candidates Tuesday – Mousalimas, Tilton, and Gillespie – would have automatically guaranteed an appointed to the position to be vacated at the end of the year by Superintendent Mick Founts.

Mousalimas, who is the current Deputy Superintendent of San Joaquin County Office of Education, ran short of that winner’s tape by less than nine percent. The final count from all 501 precincts showed him capturing 42.39 percent of the votes (19,434). Tilton, who is Superintendent of Delta Charter Schools in the New Jerusalem School District in Tracy, garnered 15,314 votes or 33.40 percent of the total votes.

The third candidate, Michael Gillespie, received 23.90 percent of the total votes which translated to 10,955 votes.

Mousalimas consistently maintained the lead during the counting of the ballots after all the polling places were closed at 8 p.m.

In the county Board of Trustees race in Area No. 3 and Area No. 4, the ballot-counting trend also remained consistent with incumbent Jill A. Fritchen of Weston Ranch trailing behind challenger Peter J. Ottesen. The final count from the 77 precincts gave Ottesen 56.51 percent of the votes (3,245) to Fritchen’s 42.95 percent or 2,466 voters

In the Area No. 4 position being vacated by Trustee Anthony Gutierrez, the numbers nearly mirrored that of the Fritchen-Ottesen results. In this two-candidates race, Glen Gebhardt of Manteca  is headed to the county education board by capturing 56.44 percent of the total votes (6,153). Candidate Janell Somera received 4,716 votes or 43.26 percent of the total votes with 112 precincts reporting.

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