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ELECTION UPDATE: Severson’s seat seems safe

By Jonathan Morales
Friday, November 12th, 2010 at 6:23 pm in election, Orinda, Schools.

The gap between those who appear to have won seats on the Orinda council and school board and those who have not continues to widen.

It seems safe to say Sue Severson has held onto her council seat. Her lead over challenger Scott Zeller has grown from 59 votes earlier this week to more than 400.

The school board race remains close. Tyson Krumholz’s lead over Bekki Van Voorhis-Gilbert has held (mostly) steady, dropping from 177 to 172 votes.

I just got off the phone with Contra Costa Clerk-Recorder Steve Weir, who said his office is still working through the roughly 50,000 mail ballots that were dropped off at the polls on Election Day. They’re hoping to finish that process by noon Saturday. After that, he said, they’ll have to count the “five percent of ballots that take as long as the first 95 percent.”

Here are the vote totals, updated about 4:45 p.m. Friday:

Orinda City Council

Candidate Percent Total votes
Amy Worth (i) 25.4 4,955
Dean Orr 20.1 3,952
Sue Severson (i) 20 3,903
Scott Zeller 17.9 3,486
Tom McCormick (i) 16 3,114

Orinda Union school board

Candidate Percent Total votes
Julie Rossiter 22.6 3,996
Christopher Severson 20.8 3,681
Tyson Krumholz 20.15 3,564
B. Van Voorhis-Gilbert 19.2 3,392
Sarah Butler 17.1 3,022

You can view updated vote totals for all Lamorinda and Contra Costa County races at the elections office website.

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