ELECTION WRAP-UP: TWO CLOSE RACES RESOLVED AS BILBRAY, DANON CONCEDE DEFEAT; SEVERAL EAST COUNTY RACES REMAIN TIGHT

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By Nadin Abbott

As the vote counting countinues, the margins in two hotly contested East County races have narrowed, while just three votes separate candidates in another local race. 

Two high profile contests, however, are now resolved.

The 52nd Congressional District race between Scott Peters (D) and Brian Bilbray (R) is over. Congressman Blbray conceded the race to Port Commissioner, now Congressman-elect Peters on Friday. According to the Peters campaign, “I received a very gracious phone call from Congressman Bilbray. He wished me luck and offered his support.” 

The Supervisor race between Steve Danon and Dave Roberts ended in the concession of the race by Danon to Roberts on the November 16. Roberts becomes the sole Democrat on the all-Republican Board of Supervisors, replacing retiring Pam Slater-Price, who made a rare cross-party endorsement of Roberts' candidacy.

In a statement issued by Supervisor Dianne Jacobs, she congratulated Roberts for his victory. “I’m sure his extensive experience in local government and in the private sector, including his background as a financial manager, will be invaluable as we continue to look for ways to improve how we do the people’s business.” 

At the Warner Unified District the second and third place vote getters, Angela M. Acosta and Gina Mc Manama remain separated by three votes, at 415 and 412 respectively.

The Grossmont Unified District sees Jim Stieringer and Garry C. Woods separated by 291 votes, with Stieringer’s lead narrower than previously. 

Finally in the El Cajon City Council Bob McClellan leads Ben Kalasho by 494 votes. This race has also become a little tighter; at one point McClellan led by close to 700 votes. 

Countywide there are still 80,000 votes to count, though it is unclear how many are in the contested districts.Here is the website from the County Registrar, where results are being posted daily as the count continues.

http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/voters/results/transform.htm?paramVal1=election.xsl