Politics & Elections

Close races for supervisor, 72nd AD

VOTE COUNTING continues in Orange County (Rob Crandall photo for Shutterstock).

Some of the most carefully watched elections from March 3 remain close as the vote-counting heads into a second week.

California now allows voters to cast their ballots in a variety of ways spread over an 11-day period. According to the Orange County Registrar of Voters, a total of 126,109 votes remain to be counted as on Monday morning.

Of special interest to those living in the Garden Grove-Westminster area are races for the First District seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors and the 72nd State Assembly District.

In the supervisorial race, incumbent Andrew Do is in first place with 33,485 votes (44.30 percent). In second is Westminster City Councilmember Sergio Contreras with 15,951 votes (21.10 percent), followed closely by Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido with 14,749 votes (19.51 percent).

Garden Grove Councilmember Kim Bernice Nguyen is fourth with 11,407 votes (15.09 percent).

In these elections, the top two finishers – regardless of party – will meet in the general election in November.

In the 72nd State Assembly race, former state Senator Janet Nguyen has a strong lead, but the battle for second is close. Nguyen has 33,725 votes (34.59 votes), and incumbent Tyler Diep trails with 24,665 votes (25.29 percent). On his heels in third is Garden Grove councilmember Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen with 24,356 votes (24.98 percent).

Measure L, a bond issue for the Rancho Santiago Community College District – Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College – is leading narrowly but falling short of the 55 percent majority needed to pass. All of Garden Grove east of Haster Street is in the RSCCD.

The measure was receiving 38,588 yes votes (51.1 percent) to 37,789 no votes (48.94 percent). Across the county, school bond issues in Anaheim, Brea Olinda, Capistrano, Fullerton Saddleback Valley and Tustin were all either losing outright or falling below the 55 percent mark.

For the latest election updates, go to www.ocvote.com .

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