The office of the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters has finished counting ballots from the Nov. 6 General Election, and a City Council incumbent and school board incumbent have retained their seats.

Registrar Melinda Dubroff filed her final report with the state about the election results on Thursday, the deadline for certification of the county’s results.

Barring a petition for a recount, Mayor Pro Tem Veronica Vargas won re-election by 115 votes ahead of third-place vote-getter Dotty Nygard. The candidates got 8,371 and 8,256 votes respectively. Councilman-elect Dan Arriola led all candidates in the race to fill two seats on the council with 10,100 votes.

Unless the outcome is challenged formally, Arriola and Vargas will be seated at the next City Council meeting, Dec. 18.

Trustee Frank Silva won re-election to the Banta Elementary School District board by just seven votes. Gene Neely got 512 votes in the rural district, which includes the Lathrop community of River Islands, Silva got 456 and was followed closely by Joshua Anderson, who had 449 votes. Two of the three board seats were up for election. Dan-Joe Lopez got 335 votes, placing fourth in the race.

If that result is not challenged, Neely and Silva will take their seats at a special meeting Tuesday.

According to the report filed with the state, 196,635 county residents cast ballots in the general election — 57.1 percent of registered voters. Of that number, voting officials have had to count more than 91,000 ballots in the four weeks since Election Day, leading to the presumptive results reported Thursday.

Contact the Tracy Press at or 835-3030.

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