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deGraaf, Zuber, & Parks secure Ripon council seats
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Daniel deGraaf continues to lead in the Ripon City Council race, according to the latest figures from the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters office.
The engineer – he works for a local firm that specializes in agricultural and civil projects – deGraaf updated tally brought him up to 2,303, based on reports from all 10 precincts.
“We’re happy with the results so far,” he said on Wednesday.
During election night, deGraaf attended the Council meeting before spending time with close friends and family while awaiting results.
Leo Zuber remained in a close second with 2,227 votes.
Six candidates are vying for the three seats that are up for grabs.
Zuber along with Mayor Jake Parks and Mark Winchell, who previously served on the Ripon Planning Commission prior to his provisional appointment in January 2014 (he was selected to fill the vacant spot left by the sudden passing of Elden ‘Red’ Nutt), are the incumbents.
In his re-election bid, Parks is holding on to the valued third spot with 1,911 votes.
Winchell currently has 1,689 votes, placing him ahead of the former Barnwood Restaurant owner / local historian John Mangelos, who gathered 1,432 votes.
Mario Gonzales, who is a retired police, had 1,232 votes.
5th State Senate District
Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) has a comfortable lead over Lodi Mayor Alan Nakanishi in her re-election bid.
Thus far, she’s collected a total of 103,546 votes from San Joaquin (75,378) and Stanislaus (28.168) counties.
Nakanishi (R-Lodi) tallied 81,626 based on the latest figures from both counties. He managed 57,024 votes in San Joaquin County and 24,592 in Stanislaus County.
The 5th State Senate district includes all of SJC and most of Modesto and Riverbank in Stanislaus County.
12th Assembly District
In a close race for assemblyman, Heath Flora of Ripon continues to lead Ken Vogel, 52,864 to 48,413.
The 12th Assembly District is made up of Clements in the north to Turlock, and rural east Stockton, Manteca, Lathrop, Ripon, and Escalon.
A former SJC Board of Supervisor, Vogel collected 52 percent of the votes (17,947) in San Joaquin County and 45 percent (30,466) in Stanislaus County.
Flora, who is a firefighter and business owner, received 16,493 votes in San Joaquin County and 36,371 – or 54 percent – from Stanislaus County.
Absentee ballots are still out and not counted