Tuesday’s school election results
• Manteca Unified Trustee Area 2 – Incumbent Manuel Medeiros, 43.98 percent; newcomer Ashley Drain, 55.70 percent.
• Manteca Unified Trustee Area 6 – Incumbent board president Don Scholl, 42.63 percent; first-time candidate Alexander Bronson, 56.91 percent.
• Manteca Unified Measure G, the $159M school bond to repair and modernize old classrooms: PASSED – 56.98 percent of the votes.
• Manteca Unified Measure I, which will change the method of electing school district trustees, from at-large to by trustee area only, PASSED – 65.51 percent of the votes.
• Superintendent for San Joaquin County Office of Education – James Mousalimas, 54.89 percent; Jeff Tilton, 45.11 percent.
The voters’ message was clear: out with the old, and in with the new on the Manteca Unified School District board.
The two incumbents, Manuel Medeiros of Trustee Area 2 and Don Scholl of Trustee Area 6, were defeated in their re-election bids by two political greenhorns. Results from all 86 precincts gave the victory to Ashley Drain who captured 55.70 percent of the total votes, to Medeiros’s 43.98 percent. In the Trustee Area 6 race, board president Scholl’s re-election was trumped by newcomer Alexander Bronson who garnered 56.91 percent of the total votes. The board president captured 42.63 percent of the votes.
The school district won the hotly debated $159 million Measure G bond earmarked as money to make old classrooms safe and to have them modernized capturing more than the minimum required votes to pass – 56.98 percent of the vote.
Another win for the district, as far as keeping itself safe from the risk of potentially expensive lawsuits, was the passage of Measure I which will change the way members of the Board of Trustees will be elected, from at-large to by trustee area only. The measure was overwhelmingly approved by the voters, with 65.51 percent of the votes.
The results of the trustees’ election came as a shock to at least one board member.
“I’m just shocked!” was Nancy Teicheira’s reaction to the initial election returns shortly before 9 p.m. which showed incumbents Scholl and Medeiros, who was looking for a fifth term, trailing behind their younger challengers.
Perhaps, Medeiros was the only candidate who did not stay up long enough to see the election results.
“He’s already in bed sleeping,” his wife Bernice said around 8:30 p.m. In fact, the longtime Manteca farmer was already asleep by 7 p.m.
“He’s concerned (about the election) but he’s tired,” Bernice explained. “He said, either way (the election went, it’s okay.”
Tuesday’s election results was significant as far as the results in the San Joaquin County superintendent race was concerned. The victory of Mousalimas of Tracy over former Mantecan Tilton marked the end of the Family City’s reign at the county superintendent’s office. The top post at the county superintendent’s office has been occupied by a Mantecan for about three decades, thanks to retired superintendent Fredrick “Rick” Wentworth and current superintendent Mick Founts who is retiring at the end of the year.