Update at 1:30 p.m.: While ballots are still being counted, District 2 Supervisor Randy Hanvelt has officially conceded to Challenger Ryan Campbell after new numbers released by Tuolumne County election officials show him losing ground in the race. Hanvelt released this written statement to Clarke Broadcasting:
“It has been my honor and privilege to serve the citizens of District 2 and in a broader sense all of the Citizens of Tuolumne County for the last 8 years. I will be eternally grateful for that opportunity and I have done that job at the highest level I am capable.
While the final count is not yet in, it is pretty clear that the voters of district 2 no longer prefer my leadership. I can accept that. I congratulate my opponent on his successful campaign and pray for the maximum progress and positive outcomes for the County in the next four years. Be assured that Tuolumne County is where my heart is. The wellbeing and prosperity of our citizens has always been my passion. That is why I did this in the first place.
With that, I intend to close out my term and tie up as many loose ends as possible, turning over what projects I can to our very capable and professional staff, who I am confident will do a great job for you. I also want to thank all of my supporters, my Campaign committee, my donors, specifically my campaign manager Michael Ayala – unbelievable dedication and energy, and especially Gloria – the Angel of Tuolumne County who suffered much neglect through all of this – she is amazing!”
District 2 includes: Soulsbyville, Willow Springs, Crystal Falls, Phoenix Lake Country Club Estates; Brentwood Park, areas North of Big Hill Road, and Cedar Ridge. Further details on the election vote count is below.
Original post at 7:22 a.m.: Sonora, CA — Tuolumne County’s chief elections official reports the end result is unlikely to change at this point in the District Two supervisor race between challenger Ryan Campbell and Randy Hanvelt.
All of the vote-by-mail ballots have been processed, and the remaining left to be counted are conditional and provisional ballots. Those are voters that registered at the main office around Election Day, or those that voted provisionally, meaning they voted at a different polling location than where they were registered.
Tuolumne County Clerk and Auditor Controller Debi Bautista says, “There are about 180 ballots left (for district two). There are about 43 conditional ballots and 141 provisional ballots. Hanvelt has slipped to 85 behind Campbell, so even though there are mathematically enough ballots for him (Hanvelt) to win, logically there isn’t enough to take over. Of the 181, he would need to get about 140 of those votes.”
It appears that Tuolumne County will have two new supervisors come January. In the District Three race Anaiah Kirk now has a 273 vote lead over former supervisor Laurie Sylwester.
For the full list of election results view our election page here.