Santa Clara County Election Roundup

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Voters in Santa Clara County elected two new supervisors Tuesday and an array of City Council members throughout the county.

The two county supervisor seats up for grabs were for District 2, representing downtown San Jose, and District 3, which covers the north and west sections of San Jose and Sunnyvale and Milpitas.

In the race for the District 2 seat being vacated by Supervisor Blanca Alvarado, East Side Union High School District board member George Hirakata bested Richard Hobbs, a member of the San Jose-Evergreen Community College District board, by approximately a 54 to 46 percent margin.

In Santa Clara County's District 3, where Supervisor Pete McHugh will be vacating his seat, San Jose Vice Mayor Dave Cortese garnered 55.3 percent of the vote, to beat out Sunnyvale Councilman Otto Lee. Supervisor McHugh landed a spot on the Milpitas City Council on Tuesday.

In San Jose, two City Council positions were up for grabs on Tuesday. In the District 8 spot vacated by Cortese, businesswoman Rose Herrera apparently won with more than 51 percent of the complete unofficial tally compared to some 48 percent for community volunteer Pat Waite.

In the race for San Jose's District 2 council seat, Oak Grove School District board member Jacquelyn Adams lost out to Attorney Ash Kalra who garnered nearly 55 percent of the vote for seat that Councilman Forrest Williams is vacating.

In the city of Santa Clara, four of the seven City Council seats were on the ballot, including Councilman Kevin Moore's uncontested bid for re-election.

Incumbent William Kennedy easily retained his seat against two challengers, businessman Mario Bouza and Mary Emerson, by winning more than 58 percent of the vote.

Santa Clara Councilman Patrick Kolstad is not running for another term, and former Councilman Jamie Matthews easily won Kolstad's Seat 6 over engineer Brian Lowery with 63 percent of the vote. In the final Santa Clara council race, incumbent Councilwoman Jamie McLeod was re-elected with more than 59 percent of the complete unofficial tally.

In Campbell, two City Council members, Donald Burr and Joe Hernandez, will be leaving the council and a handful of candidates were hoping to fill the two vacancies.

Attorney Jason Baker, and business owner Michael Kotowski, apparently beat college student David James Barclay III and property manager Matt Walker by receiving 28.34 and 33.84 percent of the vote respectively, according to the registrar.

The three available spots on the Los Altos Hills City Council appear to have been taken by Rich Larsen, vice president of a technology company, who had 21.27 of the votes; educator and author Ginger Summit who came away with 19.99 percent; and incumbent Jean Mordo who got 19.92 percent of the votes

Los Gatos residents had four choices for the two open City Council seats there. Incumbent Barbara Spector received 30.39 percent of the votes and Steve Rice, a financial planner, had 29.46 percent and apparently landed those spots.

Milpitas residents elected a mayor as well as two City Council members Tuesday. Mayor Jose Esteves is stepping down and had endorsed Craig Donnelly, district director for San Mateo County Assemblyman Gene Mullin. But Milpitas Councilman Bob Livengood easily beat Donnelly, by garnering nearly 64 percent of the votes.

Two council seats were up for re-election -- Livengood's and Debbie Giordano's. County Supervisor Pete McHugh had 37.61 percent and Giordano got 27.28 percent. The other challengers were business owner Ola Robert Hassan and probation community worker Heidi Pham.

In Morgan Hill Mayor Steve Tate was not challenged in his re-election bid, but council members Larry Carr and Mark Grzan were. Carr was re-elected with 37 percent of the vote but Grzan lost out to Marilyn Librers, who had 33.58 percent.

Mountain View residents had a wide array of candidates to choose from for the four open City Council seats, only two of which had incumbents running for them.

Incumbent Laura Macias got 17.66 percent, and Incumbent Tom Means had 15.27 percent. Eight other residents were vying for the council positions. Mike Kasperzak came away with 13.81 percent and John Inks took the final spot with 13.66 percent.

In Saratoga, two seats were available and only one incumbent, Aileen Kao, ran for re-election. Kao appears to have lost to engineering manager Howard Miller and environmental engineer Susie Nagpal, who garnered 31.4 and 28.8 percent of the vote respectively.

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