Karen Monroe, associate county superintendent and the only current Alameda County Office of Education employee in the race, topped the ballot but failed to capture more than 50% of the vote yesterday in the primary contest to become Alameda County's new Superintendent of Schools.
With all votes counted, Monroe received 35,536 votes, or 34.02% of all votes cast in the race.
Helen K. Foster, finished second, with 22,913 votes or 21.94% of the votes cast.
Since neither garnered more than 50% of the vote, Monroe and Foster will compete in a run-off for the position on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot.
Pleasanton school board member Jeff Bowser, who was also seeking election to the office, finished third in the five candidate race, receiving 18,682 votes, or 17.89%.
The other candidates were Ursula Reed, with 14,436, or 13.82%, and Naomi Eason, who trailed with 12,254 votes, or 11.73%.
The winner in the run-off election will succeed Sheila Jordan, the current Alameda County Superintendent of Schools, is retiring after 16 years in office.