Withrow hangs on – by 129 votes – to beat Madri­gal

The Modesto Bee (Sunday) - - Local - BY KEVIN VALINE kva­[email protected]­bee.com

Stanis­laus County Su­per­vi­sor Terry Withrow has been re-elected in a tight race against Modesto Coun­cil­man Tony Madri­gal, ac­cord­ing to fi­nal re­sults re­leased Fri­day night for the Nov. 6 elec­tion.

Withrow re­ceived 12,647 votes ver­sus 12,518 for Madri­gal, a dif­fer­ence of 129 votes in the elec­tion for the Board of Su­per­vi­sor’s Dis­trict 3, which in­cludes Sal­ida, Wood Colony, and west and north­west Modesto. There were 139 write-in votes, as well.

Withrow said in a Satur­day phone in­ter­view that he was hum­bled and hon­ored to be elected to his third, four-year term. Madri­gal did not re­spond to re­quests Satur­day for a phone in­ter­view but pro­vided this text mes­sage:

“With a re­sult this close, it’s ob­vi­ous that a large num­ber of vot­ers in our com­mu­nity are look­ing for change. The in­cum­bent didn’t even reach 50% sup­port from the vot­ers. The su­per­vi­sor for Dis­trict 3 is go­ing to need to do more to lis­ten to the com­mu­nity in or­der to bet­ter serve our needs.”

Madri­gal will re­main on the City Coun­cil. He was re-elected to a sec­ond, four-year term in Novem­ber 2017.

Withrow is a part­ner in a CPA firm. He has been a pop­u­lar and re­spected su­per­vi­sor and has fo­cused on such is­sues as tack­ling home­less­ness and se­cur­ing the re­gion’s wa­ter sup­ply.

He said he was not sur­prised by the close­ness of the race. Withrow saw his early lead of about 1,000 votes on elec­tion night dwin­dle as more votes were counted.

“My op­po­nent (Madri­gal who is a Demo­crat) turned this into a par­ti­san race,” said Withrow, who is a Repub­li­can. “It’s sup­posed to be a non­par­ti­san race.”

Withrow said as he knocked on vot­ers’ doors he was out­num­bered by Democrats cam­paign­ing for Madri­gal and Josh Harder, the Demo­cratic chal­lenger who un­seated Repub­li­can Rep. Jeff Den­ham to rep­re­sent Stanis­laus County and south­ern San Joaquin County in Con­gress.

Withrow noted that Madri­gal even appeared in a Harder tele­vi­sion spot.

“I’m thank­ful in the end for the peo­ple who voted for the per­son and not the party,” Withrow said. “That’s the only way I won. If it’s a par­ti­san race ... there are more Democrats in my dis­trict than Repub­li­cans.”

Still, all five mem­bers of the Board of Su­per­vi­sors are Repub­li­cans. And that in­cludes Tom Ber­ry­hill, the state se­na­tor who is be­ing termed out of of­fice and beat Demo­crat Frank Dam­rell to suc­ceed Dis­trict 4 Su­per­vi­sor Dick Mon­teith, a Repub­li­can who is re­tir­ing.

Stanis­laus County Reg­is­trar of Vot­ers Lee Lun­dri­gan said in a Satur­day phone in­ter­view that her of­fice con­ducts a sec­ond count in close races be­fore re­leas­ing the fi­nal re­sults.

She said that was done for the Withrow-Madri­gal race as well as other close races in the Nov. 6 elec­tion. The fi­nal elec­tion re­sults show close races for city coun­cil in River­bank, New­man and Pat­ter­son.

Bee file pho­tos

Tony Madri­gal, left, and Terry Withrow

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