Elec­tion Re­sults Show De­Boer In The Lead

Riverbank News - - FRONT PAGE - By MARG JACK­SON mjack­son@oak­dale­leader.com

Un­of­fi­cial re­sults from the Stanis­laus County Reg­is­trar of Vot­ers of­fice show Brad De­Boer lead­ing in his bid for a spot on the Oak­dale Ir­ri­ga­tion District Board.

In a seat shared be­tween Oak­dale and River­bank, De­Boer polled 665 votes to the 351 cast for Grover Fran­cis as the two seek to fill the Di­vi­sion 5 post, giv­ing De­Boer a roughly 65 to 35 per­cent lead in the bal­lot­ing.

Num­bers were posted late Thurs­day af­ter­noon, Nov. 9, by the Reg­is­trar of Vot­ers of­fice, with some tab­u­lat­ing of votes still to be done.

“I want to thank the vot­ers of OID Di­vi­sion 5 for plac­ing their trust in me. The vote is not cer­ti­fied, but it looks as though we will have a sub­stan­tial vic­tory,” De­Boer said on Mon­day morn­ing, Nov. 13. “I am com­mit­ted to do my very best to rep­re­sent you by work­ing hard and serv­ing with in­tegrity. I want to thank all of you who took time to visit with neigh­bors, friends and rel­a­tives to sup­port my elec­tion. My suc­cess would not have been pos­si­ble with­out your help.”

If the pro­jec­tions hold true, De­Boer will join the OID board and fill a post that has been va­cant briefly, serv­ing as the fifth di­rec­tor.

“I know there are di­ver­gent views in our district. I know we will not al­ways agree, but I will re­spect­fully lis­ten to you and con­sider your views on mat­ters,” De­Boer added in a state­ment to vot­ers. “I prom­ise to make all de­ci­sions based on what I be­lieve is best for the OID and es­pe­cially our di­vi­sion. I am very op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture and ready to get to work.”

In the other con­tested race for OID, in­cum­bent Her­man Door­nen­bal was lead­ing in his bid to re­tain his seat with a 427 to 383 vote lead over chal­lenger Don Taro in Di­vi­sion 2, a seat that in­cludes prop­erty in both Stanis­laus and San Joaquin coun­ties.

Mean­while, the Mea­sure S li­brary tax ini­tia­tive, to con­tinue col­lect­ing a one-eighth cent sales tax to ben­e­fit the Stanis­laus County Li­brary Sys­tem and its branches, over­whelm­ingly passed, 82 to 18 per­cent, with 39,882 “Yes” votes and 8,645 “No” votes cast in the lat­est avail­able fig­ures.

Elec­tions of­fi­cials have not yet cer­ti­fied the vote, with ad­di­tional mail in and pro­vi­sional bal­lots still to be fig­ured in. Stanis­laus County Reg­is­trar of Vot­ers Lee Lun­dri­gan said the count was con­tin­u­ing, with many ‘ Vote By Mail’ bal­lots still to be counted and some sig­na­tures need­ing ver­i­fi­ca­tion.

Cal­i­for­nia law re­quires cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of this elec­tion to be on or be­fore Mon­day, Nov. 20, 2017.

BRAD DE­BOER

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