Updated election tally shows Hintzke ahead in school board race

Hintzke sits at 54 more votes than challenger Ruegsegger, who had 26-vote edge after polls closed

Editor's note: A previous version of this story inaccurately stated the election results were finalized. There are still more ballots to be counted, and multiple tally updates are expected to be released during this week, according to county election officials. The Pleasanton Weekly regrets the error.

With more local ballots now counted, Pleasanton school board incumbent and current board president Jamie Hintzke stands 54 votes ahead of challenger Kathleen Ruegsegger in the race for the third and final school board seat up for election this fall, according to the latest update from county election officials announced this weekend.

That was a reversal of the 26-vote lead Ruegsegger had Wednesday morning.

Former Hart Middle School principal Steve Maher remains as the first-place vote-getter for Pleasanton school board by a wide margin, leading the race well ahead of incumbent Valerie Arkin, who sits comfortably in second place.

The updated vote tally announced Saturday by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters' Office includes vote-by-mail and election poll totals released on Election Night plus some vote-by-mail and provisional ballots counted in the days after Election Day, with still more to be tabulated in the coming days.

The school board races stands at:

Steve Maher, 16,620 total votes, or 38.31% of the total number of votes cast in the school board election.

Valerie Arkin, 10,204 votes, or 23.52%.

Jamie Yee Hintzke, 8,256 votes, or 19.03%.

Kathleen Ruegsegger, 8,202 votes, or 18.91%.

There were 97 write-in votes on the ballots cast.

Election officials estimated there were still 212,000 ballots left to be counted county-wide -- late-arriving but still timely vote-by-mail ballots, plus provisional ballots and other qualifying ballots. The Registrar of Voters' Office expects to release multiple tally updates throughout this week as votes are tabulated.

Although vote numbers and percentages showed slight changes in the Pleasanton mayoral and City Council races, the results remained the same in Saturday's update as they did Election Night.

Mayor Jerry Thorne handily won re-election, garnering more than 5,000 over his challenger Julie Testa, as of the latest update from county election officials. Councilwoman Karla Brown also received the most votes cast in the council race, well ahead of Councilman Jerry Pentin, who also was re-elected, and challenger Herb Ritter, the city Planning Commission chairman who trailed Pentin by a narrow margin.

The updated vote tally announced Saturday by the Alameda County Registrar's office is:

Pleasanton Mayor:

Jerry Thorne, 17,475 or 63.28% of all votes cast for mayor of Pleasanton.

Julie Testa, 10,069 votes, or 36.46%

There were 71 write-in votes for the mayor's post.

Pleasanton City Council:

Karla Brown, 17, 584 votes, or 41.41% of all votes cast in the City Council race.

Jerry Pentin, 12,755 votes, or 30.04%

Herb Ritter, 12,029 votes or 28.33%.

There were 91 write-in votes in the City Council balloting.

In the updated tally, Measure MM was rejected by 63.04% of the voters who cast a vote on Measure MM, or 18,652 votes against, compared to 10,936 Yes votes, or 36.96 %.

The Pleasanton school bond Measure I1 also passed with 67.91% of those who voted on the measure, or 15,792 votes against 7,464 votes or 32.09% who voted no, as of Saturday's update. A 55% majority vote was required for the measure to pass.

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