Two things are certain about the election – voters are seemingly evenly split on the three candidates, and the school board race is still anyone’s game.
has so far obtained 33.63 percent of the vote (1,147 votes), followed by who has 32.81 percent of the vote (1,119 votes) and who has garnered 31.90 percent of the vote (1,088 votes). The write-in votes account for about 1.67 percent of the vote.
Only 28 votes separate first and second place; 31 votes separate second and third place. With 1,200 provisional ballots and defective one yet to be processed and the small number of votes that separate the candidates, it’s still too close to call.
None of the candidates are declaring victory quite yet.
“I think we need to wait for the votes to be counted,” said Garcia, a farmer and basketball coach at and . “We’ll have to wait to see what will happen. I’m receiving a lot of supportive calls, but I caution people that it’s not over till it’s over.”
Garcia said he hopes that the voting trend he’s been seeing continues, as does his fellow candidate DiPaola.
“I am cautiously confident that I won a seat,” DiPaola said. “Whether I am first or second, I don’t know. This is a virtual three-way tie. I think the voters of Dixon were challenged to find strong differences between us.”
“It’s exciting,” Gabby said. “I mean, you know, it’s going to be interesting to see the final outcome. I feel like it’s such a three-way tie at this point that every last vote is going to count, it's going to go down to the wire. I’m confident that whichever way it goes, the community is going to be well-represented.”
One interesting aspect of the school board election is the number of under votes – votes in which the voter chose only one of the three candidates. There are 967 under votes so far according to the Solano County Registrar of Voters office.
Updated figures from the registrar’s office point to a low voter turnout, at just 26.15 percent. In all 50,726 voters cast a ballot in the countywide elections; Solano County has 193,944 registered voters.
Dixon Patch will continue to follow the votes until they are certified. Keep logging on for the most up-to-the-minute coverage of the school board race.