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By Joshua Hoyt                        Follow East Palo Alto Today on
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November 4, 2015                     
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San Mateo County election graphic
                                      Graphic courtesy of shapethefuture.org


San Mateo County released its "Final Election Night Report" at 10:30 p.m., two and a half hours after the polls closed, with unofficial results from all of the county’s precincts.  The results for the two school board races and one local measure on the East Palo Alto ballot showed winners by wide margins, with one exception.

Laura Martinez, former Mayor of East Palo Alto, lost out to Allen Weiner for the third and final spot on the Board of the Sequoia Union High School District.  Carrie Du Bois was the leading vote getter with 27.4%, and Georgia S. Jack came in second with 23.4% of the vote. Weiner received 22.8% of the vote (11,573 votes) to Martinez’s 20.3% of the vote (10,299 votes).

Dave Mandelkern, Karen Schwarz, and Maurice D. Goodman all won handily in the race for a spot on the San Mateo County Community College District School Board.  Of the three winners, Mandelkern won the highest percentage of the vote (26.7%) and Goodman the lowest (18.5%), but that still gave Goodman 7% points or more than 10,000 votes ahead of the next highest candidate.

Measure Y, a measure to raise the appropriations limit for the Menlo Park Fire Department, passed with 77.3% “Yes” votes.  This measure increases the amount of tax revenue that can go towards the Fire Department from the current $40 million to $50 million. This new funding level is set to run for four years, from 2016 to 2020.

Overall voter turnout in San Mateo County was 19.9%.  Of all East Palo Alto precincts, the highest precinct turnout was 9.39% in precinct 4009.

San Mateo County will release another elections results report this coming Thursday, November 5, at 4:30 p.m.

Joshua Hoyt, the author of this article, can be reached by email at epatoday@epatoday.org