By Janis Russell and Miriam Raftery
November 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – A week after the election with 28,000 absentee and provisional ballots remaining to be counted countywide, two East County race remain too close to call.
The Warner Springs School Board race has seven candidates vying for three seats. Challenger Katie Ostrander leads with 227 votes, or 14.9%, followed by incumbents Brandie Taylor (213 votes) and challenger Marie Esther Hill (208 votes), who leads challenge Michael Estes by just four votes, incumbent Darrell McNanama by just seven votes, and challenger Donald Holt by 26 votes. Carolyn Audibert finished seventh with 99 votes.
In the Ramona Unified School District, Bob Stoody and Kim Lasley have won election. But the race for the third seat remains separated by less than 1%, with incumbent Roger Dohm ahead of Dick Lemire by just 99 votes.
Below are the results in other school board races across East County:
For Grossmont Union High School District’s board, incumbents Robert Shield and Jim Kelly won re-election. Gary Woods, who was voted off the board in the last election, won it back, placing third.
In the Alpine Unified School District, challenger Al Guerra was in the lead with 20.66% (2,230). Incumbents Eric Wray and Glenn A. Dickie came in second and third, winning reelection.
For Cajon Valley Unified School, two of the incumbents came in first and second, and a challenger took third. Jill D. Barto came in first with 26.65% (14,217). Tamara L Otero came in second. Jo Alegria came in third.
For La Mesa-Spring Valley, two incumbents placed first and third while the challenger took third. Bob Duff came in first with 27.68% (13,631). Rick Winet came in second. David Chong came in third.
For Lakeside Union School, the three incumbents took the top three spots. Kevin Howe came in first with 31.91% (5,794) followed by Bonnie LaChappa and Geila Cook.
In Mountain Empire Unified School District, Ken Northcote beat out Rob Romero by 56 to 44%.