Santa Clara County Election Update: Showalter moves up in MV council race; Dharap’s lead grows for PA school board

By the Daily Post staff

Mountain View Councilwoman Pat Showalter today (Nov. 23) passed newcomer Alison Hicks in the race for the third open seat on City Council.

As of the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters’ 4:26 p.m. update, Showalter was on track to keep her seat on council with 17.7% of the vote, 53 votes ahead of Hicks. More votes still need to be counted, though.

Hicks, a co-founder of Livable Mountain View, is in fourth place with 17.6% of the vote. On Election Night, Hicks was in third place and Showalter was fourth.

Planning Commissioner Ellen Kamei is still in the lead with 19% of the vote, followed by her fellow Planning Commissioner Lucas Ramirez with 18.1%.

Mayor Lenny Siegel has been unseated with 16% of the vote, as has former Mayor John Inks with 11.5%.

Mountain View City Council
(three seats)
Ellen Kamei 11,014 19.04%
Lucas Ramirez 10,486 18.13%
Pat Showalter* 10,244 17.71%
Alison Hicks 10,191 17.62%
Lenny Siegel* 9,230 15.96%
John Inks 6,677 11.54%

An asterisk (*) denotes an incumbent.

Palo Alto School Board

In the tight Palo Alto school board race, attorney Shounak Dharap has gained some votes ahead of special education advocate Stacey Ashlund for the second open seat on the five-member board.

Dharap currently has 1,096 more votes than Ashlund with 23.3% of the vote. Ashlund has 21.1%.

School board President Ken Dauber remains the top vote-getter with 27.3% of the vote. District parent Kathy Jordan appears to have lost with 20.4%.

Palo Alto School Board
(two seats)
NOV. 13
Ken Dauber* 13,459 27.32%
Shounak Dharap 11,502 23.34%
Stacey Ashlund 10,406 21.12%
Kathy Jordan 10,031 20.36%
Alex Scharf 3,543 7.19%
Christopher Boyd 332 0.67%
TOTAL 49,273