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Preliminary results hold as official election count advances

While the Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters is processing and finalizing official election results from the Nov. 3 Consolidated District Election, preliminary results have remained unchanged from Election Day for the Denair Unified School District Board of Trustees and Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors.


Of the 175,821 eligible registered voters in Stanislaus County, Election Day saw a 21.2 percent voter turnout with 37,343 casted ballots. A total of 6,191 voters submitted their ballot on Election Day and 30,254 voted by mail.


As of Friday, incumbent Kathi Dunham-Filson earned 555 votes for the DUSD Board of Trustees, which represents 26.1 percent of over 2,000 total votes. Incumbent John Plett received 551 votes, or 25.9 percent, newcomer Ray Prock Jr. collected 544 votes, or 25.6 percent and newcomer T.J. Lake secured 476 votes, or 22.4 percent.


“I want to continue to increase enrollment and continue to help Denair grow academically,” said Dunham-Filson on Tuesday. “I plan to continue serving DUSD listening to the stakeholders and community members by doing my research, and making sure that I am educated on all issues that are presented.”


Plett said on Tuesday that if re-elected, he wants to help DUSD improve its academic quality and provide the best possible education for his family and all families in the District. Among other plans, he said that he wants to secure more advanced placement classes, vocational opportunities and extracurricular activities.


Approximately 70 votes ahead of fellow newcomer Lake, Prock Jr. said that he hopes to become part of the team that will help DUSD rebuild and move forward.


“I’ve seen the turmoil of the District had to go through the past couple of years and now we’re recovering from it,” said Prock Jr. “I hope to continue to bring Denair back to the community I know it can be.”

In Turlock Unified School District, incumbent Barney Gordon ran unopposed for Trustee Area 1, incumbent Frank Lima ran unopposed for Trustee Area 5 and newcomer Ken Malech ran unopposed for Trustee Area 3. Anthony Silva was appointed to serve Trustee Area 7 last month after no candidates filed to run before the deadline in August. 

In Chatom Union School District, incumbent Steve Soderstrom ran unopposed for Trustee Area 3 and incumbent Daniel Costa ran unopposed for Trustee Area 4.

Preliminary results also show incumbent Michael Frantz in the lead for the TID Board of Director position in Division 1 with 3,586 votes, which represents 83 percent of over 4,000 total votes from 30 precincts counted. His opponent Tracy Sunde earned 720 votes, or 16.7 percent of total votes. A total of 13 ballots included write-in candidates, which is only represents .3 percent of ballots casted.


Frantz has already served six years on the TID Board of Directors and if re-elected, he said he hopes to continue to represent Division 1 by working diligently and efficiently with water during the ongoing drought.


“It feels great to have the support of the community,” said Frantz. “I look forward to four more years.”


Incumbent Rob Santos ran unopposed for the TID Board of Directors Division 4.

The election results are preliminary, following a final count. Official results can be found at