Board races being tallied

first_imgThree Whittier-area school board races remained too close to call Wednesday. Their outcomes now hinge on absentee and provisional ballots that will be counted by Nov. 28, officials said.The margins in the El Rancho Unified, Los Nietos and Whittier City school districts range from seven to 15 votes.Long-time incumbent Gloria Duran was slightly ahead of Diana Villalba – 788 to 781 – for the third and final contested seat on the Los Nietos school board.Duran, first elected to the board in 1989, said she was not certain Wednesday whether her seven-vote lead will hold up, leaving her unsure whether to celebrate.“I don’t know how to feel,” she said. “I want to feel like I won, but seven votes is not a lot. That’s very close.”In the Whittier City School District, challenger Linda Small leads first-term incumbent Ken Henderson by just 11 votes – 4,725 to 4,714 – for a third spot on the school board.In the El Rancho Unified School District, incumbent Rita Jo Ramirez leads challenger James Roybal for a third spot on the board. The vote as of Wednesday was 3,578 to 3,563 in favor of Ramirez.About 68,000 absentee and 65,500 provisional ballots in Los Angeles County remain to be counted, said Kathy Salama, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office.The number of uncounted ballots in individual school board races is not available, Salama said.The Registrar-Recorder’s Office is expected to release a first update on the absentee and provisional ballot count at 2 p.m. Friday. [email protected](562)698-0955, Ext. 3022 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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