In the end none of the negative attention that came San Fant’s way prior to Tuesday’s primary did much damage to his reputation.
On Tuesday the embattled South Stockton resident and current Manteca Unified School District board member received more votes than any of the other four candidates to advance to a November runoff to see whether he’ll represent District 6 – which encompasses Weston Ranch and most of South Stockton – on the Stockton City Council in November.
“I’m very humbled by the support and the results from tonight’s election,” Fant said. “Even with all of the stuff that’s going on right now – for people to continue to have faith in me and recognize how hard I truly am fighting for our community that has been neglected for far too long is truly a blessing and I’m very thankful for that.”
With the unofficial final results tallied, Fant held 37.63 percent of total vote while the next closest challenger, Jesus Andrade, had 33.52 percent of the vote. Both will likely advance on to November for a runoff to determine who will serve on the council.
Fant said he is researching to see if he can be on the ballot for both the Stockton City Council on Nov. 8 as well as run for re-election to the Manteca Unified board seat he currently holds.
In the San Joaquin County Supervisor race, District 5 incumbent Bob Elliott ran unopposed and will serve another four years representing the district – which encompasses the territory south of Yosemite Avenue in Manteca as well as Tracy and Mountain House. He garnered 97.44 percent of all votes.
The race for District 3 encompassing Manteca north of Yosemite Avenue, Lathrop, northwest Stockton and the Delta, however, is a little bit closer.
Moses Zapien – who was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve out the remainder of the term vacated by Steve Bestolarides when he was appointed to the County Assessor seat – amassed 40.74 percent of the vote while Elbert Holman Jr. held a slight lead (29.93) over Stockton businessman Tom Patti (29.09) to move on to the November runoff against Zapien.
In the Congressional race for District 10 it looks like voters in November will have the same contest that they had in 2014 for the midterm elections. Incumbent Republican Jeff Denham had 46.15 percent of the total vote while Democratic challenger Michael Eggman, who was defeated by Denham in 2014, will advance to the November runoff with 30.03 percent of the total vote. Manteca Michael Barkley had 14.97 percent of the vote as a Democratic challenger.
In Congressional District 9, which encompasses Stockton and most of Lathrop, incumbent Democrat Jerry McNerney had 53.72 percent of the vote while Republican challenger Tony Amador was in second place with 21.72 percent of the vote. Fellow Republican challenger Kathryn Nance finished with 20.92 percent of the vote – just over 400 votes off of Amador’s total.
In the California State Senate race for District 5, incumbent Democrat Cathleen Galgiani held a commanding lead over Republican challenger Alan Nakanishi, recording 56.48 percent of the vote to Nakanishi’s 29.58 percent – with all precincts reporting. Mantecan and Republican hopeful Samuel Anderson had 13.73 percent of the total vote.
Incumbent Susan Eggman, who represents California’s 13th assembly district which encompasses Stockton, French Camp and Tracy, held 54.15 percent of vote after all precincts reported. Republican Kevin Lincoln II trailed her with 19.07 percent of the vote and held a 3,200 vote lead over the other Republican challenger, Jacob Souza, to advance.
And it looks like former San Joaquin Supervisor Ken Vogel will move on to the November runoff for the 12th Assembly District after he finished with 34.56 percent of the vote. Democratic challenger Virginia Madueno finished with 18.58 percent of the vote, and Democrat Harinder Grewal had 17.66 percent of the vote – less than 200 votes behind Madueno.
In the race for the Republican Central Committee’s Fifth District, John Morley led all candidates with 16.62 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting. Brad Dias had 14.56 percent, Linda Silverman had 12.49 percent and Mary Park had 11.85 percent of the vote. Four of the 10 people running will be elected after the vote is certified. Manteca City Councilman Rich Silverman was in fifth place with 11.05 percent of the vote.
For the Republican Central Committee’s Fourth District – which encompasses Lodi, Ripon, and a large portion of the east county – Congressional candidate Tony Amador held 15.08 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting. Daniel Degraaf was in second place with 12.78 percent, while Supervisor Chuck Winn had 12.01 percent. Rounding out the top eight candidates – who will all be elected once the election is certified – were Susan Vander Schaaf (11.80), Jim Shoemaker (10.08), Karl Geletich (7.07), Evelia Amador (6.80) and Alexander Aliferi (6.72 percent.)
The final Republican Central Committee seat – which encompasses the area of Supervisor District 3 – Scott Winn was in first place with 18.19 percent of the vote while Dwight Williams had 14.53 percent and Sol Jobrack had 12.86 percent of the total vote. Sarah Blicharz finished with 11.88 percent of the vote and Caron N. Hadley secured the fifth and final position with 11.78 percent. Manteca City Council candidate David Cushman finished in eighth place with 9.17 percent of the vote.
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