Election Update: Luna close to winning seat; other counts updated

Mickie Solorio Luna

Mickie Solorio Luna looks to be pulling out the race to become the next District 2 council member in Hollister, according to unofficial results released Friday afternoon.
Luna gained 505 votes to 471 for Victoria Montoya, according to “semi-official” results.
Both were newcomers as candidates for elected office. Luna’s margin gave her 51.22 percent of the vote compared with 47.77 percent for Montoya. If she pulls it out, Luna would succeed former Councilman Robert Scattini – forced to resign in late July toward the end of his four-year term because he moved to another district, where he lost in a race Tuesday for the District 3 seat. Shari Stevenson has been temporarily filling the District 2 role as an appointment since Scattini’s departure.
In other updates Friday:
County Supervisor Jerry Muenzer is continuing toward pulling out a likely victory as he pursues a second, four-year term in the District 4 board seat. He had 1,522 votes to 1,465 for Victor Gomez, a Hollister councilman. That was a margin of 50.84 percent to 48.93 percent, according to the unofficial, “semi-official” results posted on the elections office’s website.
In a tight race for the third available seat on the Hollister School District Board of Trustees, incumbent Elsa Rodriguez beat out fellow incumbent Lupe Navarro. Incumbent Pat Moore led all candidates with 21.35 percent to 16.83 percent for newcomer Peter Hernandez in second place. Rodriguez had 15.7 percent, or 2,231 votes, to 14.93 percent, or 2,121 votes for Navarro, according to the latest figures.
In the closest race of the election – Measure I aiming to extend the county’s vehicle abatement program through a $1 vehicle fee – the initiative needing a two-thirds approval is narrowly ahead. It had 66.71 percent of the vote on the yes side with 6,582 votes to 33.29 percent on the no side with 3,284 votes.
In the most prominent race of the election – the Measure J petroleum initiative – the latest count on the yes side was 5,951 votes to 4,342 on the no side, showing a margin of 57.82 percent to 42.18 percent, a nearly 16-point edge.
Look back for more. This story is developing.
For other election results, go to SBCVote.us.

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