By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Thursday, November 16th, 2006 at 4:54 pm in election 2006.
The leaders in all the close Alameda and Contra County races remain ahead after election officials completed counting the bulk of the remaining absentee ballots this afternoon.
The counties have until Dec. 5 to certify and release the final vote results.
But the chance of a shift this late in tallying process has dropped substantially now that only a small percentage of ballots remain uncounted.
“Most of these races are no longer close,” Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder Steve Weir.
Races to watch Contra Costa include:
Antioch: Reggie Moore slightly widened his lead over Manny Soliz by 92 votes for the second slot on the City Council.
Concord: Incumbent Helen Allen slightly increased her lead over Ron Leone to 341 votes for the third opening on the City Council.
John Swett Unified School District: William Concannon widened his lead over Jim Delgadillo from 2 to 58 votes in the competition for the second of two open seats on the board.
Pinole: Mary Horton’s lead over Betty Boyle dropped to 53 votes in the battle for the third opening on the City Council.
Richmond mayor: Gayle McLaughlin’s lead over incumbent Irma Anderson widened to 279 votes.
Richmond: Myrna Lopez’s lead over Corky Booze widened substantially — 416 votes — in the competition for the third opening on the City Council.
West Contra Costa County Unified School Board: Incumbent Charles Ramsey’s lead over Antonio Medrano narrowed to 118 votes for the third seat on the board.
In Alameda County, the races to watch are:
AC Transit, Ward 3: Elsa Ortiz’ lead narrowed to 76 votes over Tony Daysog for a seat on the Board of Directors.
Albany: Joanne Wile holds a 226-vote lead over Caryl O’Keefe for the second opening on the City Council.
Pleasanton: Incumbent Mayor Jennifer Hosterman widened her lead to 175 votes over challenger Steve Brozosky.