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Pope-Gotschall, Freitas leading school races
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The tenure of Manteca Unified School District’s longest-serving trustee appears to have come to an end. 

With 40 percent of precincts reporting as of 12:30 a.m., six-term trustee Evelyn Moore – who was first elected to the Board of Education in 1994 following nearly 30 years of service to the district as a teacher – was trailing challenger Cathy Pope-Gotschall by 167 votes. 

A former Manteca Unified teacher who now works as a teacher-librarian in Lincoln Unified School District, Pope-Gotschall will have to withstand a number of provisional and absentee ballots that were not included in the initial unofficial final count. 

San Joaquin County allows ballots that are postmarked by the close of the polls on election day to be received as late as Friday to still be tabulated. 

And while 20-year Manteca Unified trustee Nancy Teicheira opted not to run and instead focus on her health, the candidate that she threw her support behind is trailing significantly. 

Retired Manteca Unified teacher Marie Freitas is currently beating challenger Andrea Collins-Cambra by more than 451 votes with 10 of 13 precincts reporting. 

Only people who live in the districts that the candidates are running in can vote for those particular candidates this election cycle. 

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.