Thursday, June 5, 2008

Alameda Schools Parcel Tax Nears Victory

By Robert Gammon
Thu, Jun 5, 2008 at 6:13 PM

Measure H, the Alameda schools parcel tax, inched closer to victory Thursday night after the Alameda County Registrar of Voters posted updated election results. The ballot measure now stands at 66.4 percent, leaving it just shy of the 66.67 percent needed to win. The new totals came as result of the registrar tabulating about 21,000 of the 37,000 total uncounted absentee and provisional ballots from Tuesday's election.

Registrar spokesman Guy Ashley said the office should complete the counting of absentee ballots tomorrow. Earlier Thursday, he said there were about 30,000 absentees that had yet to be counted, but now that roughly 21,000 had been added to the totals, the office only has about 9,000 left to count. However, the county still must tabulate about 7,000 provisional ballots. Ashley said those would not be done until next week.

Prior to this evening's update, Measure H stood at 65.8 percent, so it gained 0.6 percent with the newly counted absentees. However, the new results failed to make much difference in a half-dozen other close races:

In Oakland City Council District Three, West Oakland-downtown, incumbent Nancy Nadel stands at 51.8 percent, still ahead of the 50 percent threshold she needs to avoid a runoff with Sean Sullivan. At this point, it would be a surprise if Nadel dropped below the 50 mark with less than half of the outstanding absentees and the provisionals still uncounted.

In Oakland school board District Seven, East Oakland-Elmhurst, incumbent Alice Spearman gained slightly to 49.6 percent of the vote, which means she remains just short of the 50 percent she needs to stay out of a runoff with Doris Limbrick.

In the Oakland at-large council contest, Kerry Hamill, who is in second place, continues to hold a four-point lead over Clinton Killian in the race to see who will make a runoff against Rebecca Kaplan. It now appears certain that Hamill will make the runoff.

In the Oakland school board race District Three, Jumoke Hinton Hodge extended her lead over challenger Olugbemiga Oluwole to nearly six percentage points. Hodge appears unbeatable at this point.

As does city council President Ignacio De La Fuente, who has 53.9 percent of the vote — well above the 50 percent he needs to avoid a runoff in the District Five, Fruitvale-Glenview, race against Mario Juarez.

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