Hintzke widens lead in school board race

Incumbent has 209-vote edge over challenger Ruegsegger

Pleasanton school board incumbent and current board president Jamie Hintzke has taken a 209-vote edge over challenger Kathleen Ruegsegger in the race for the third seat, according to an election results update released by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters late Monday.

That represents a slightly wider lead for Hintzke, who was ahead by a margin of 54 votes when the registrar's office last released updated numbers on Friday.

The gap between Hintzke and Ruegsegger has been as narrow as 26 votes.

Incumbent Valerie Arkin and challenger Steve Maher, the former principal of Hart Middle School, have secured the other two board seats.

A Registrar of Voters spokesman estimated there were still 212,000 provisional and vote-by-mail ballots left to be counted county-wide as of Friday evening. The office plans to release additional tally updates Wednesday and Friday.

Per California law, county elections officials have until early December to report their final results to the Secretary of State.

As of Monday evening, the school board race stands at:

Steve Maher, 21,164 total votes, or 38.33% of the total number of votes cast in the school board election.

Valerie Arkin, 12,955 votes, or 23.46%.

Jamie Hintzke, 10,592 votes, or 19.18%.

Kathleen Ruegsegger, 10,383 votes, or 18.81%.

There were 118 write-in votes on the ballots cast.

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