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Foster gains on Godfrey in Palo Alto school board race

Spread drops from 71 to 12 Thursday evening

The spread between school board candidates Terry Godfrey and Catherine Crystal Foster has closed to a mere 12 votes, with Godfrey still holding on to her lead, according to the latest election data from the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters.

As of 5 p.m. Thursday, Foster has 6,727 of 25,230 total votes counted, or 26.66 percent of the vote. Godfrey maintains her lead with 6,739 votes (26.71 percent).

Foster has taken the lead in her home precinct in Duveneck/St. Francis -- which Godfrey previously held by a razor-thin one vote -- with 265 votes compared to Godfrey's 257.

Godfrey also lost precinct 2013 in the Rosewalk neighborhood in the latest update, with Foster pulling ahead by a slim three votes.

The two are battling for the second open seat on the Board of Education, with the first secured by Google software engineer and parent advocate Ken Dauber.

The county's registrar office is still counting scores of mail-in and provisional ballots through this and possibly next week, with updates promised daily at 5 p.m. Thursday evening's updates counted an additional 30,000 ballots countywide, according to the registrar.

Both Foster and Godfrey have said they'll be waiting out the trickle of results.

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8 people like this
Posted by Barron Park resident
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 6, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Even if Foster wins, we at least have Dauber to keep the school board honest.


3 people like this
Posted by We need you Ken.
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Nov 6, 2014 at 8:19 pm

Dauber rolled up huge margins at Stanford, and all over South Palo Alto while still being first or second everywhere except the other candidates' own neighborhoods. He's exactly what we need right now given recent sad events. [Portion removed.]


1 person likes this
Posted by Recount?
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 6, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Will there need to be a recount if the election is being decided by a difference of so few votes?


7 people like this
Posted by Natalie
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 6, 2014 at 10:08 pm

Natalie is a registered user.

When will the partisan commenters stop spewing nastiness? In the wake of another death at Gunn, this is a time when our community should be coming together. Our teens are looking to adults to show them that their community is a safe and nurturing place. The continued negativity on all the school board election threads isn't serving any useful purpose and has created a very unproductive and unsafe place online. Will you just stop it already?! Frankly, it's embarrassing to see adults behaving this way.


4 people like this
Posted by MyOp
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 6, 2014 at 10:47 pm

MyOp is a registered user.

Dauber and Godfrey, along with Max McGee, the new superintendent, are all serious about reducing student stress. [Portion removed.]


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Posted by Natalie
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 6, 2014 at 11:10 pm

Natalie is a registered user.

@MyOp

The campaign is over. Let's stop the negativity. By the way, Foster made addressing student stress a key element of her campaign and it was about far more than just hiring more counselors.


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Posted by Truthseeker
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 7, 2014 at 12:08 am

Truthseeker is a registered user.

@Natalie, let's hope that once he begins his term, Dauber demonstrates more collaboration [portion removed] as a board member than his followers, because quite frankly, I'm tired of this nonsense. All the candidates are caring individuals who ran because they wanted to make a difference, but only two can win. What we need is calm and intelligent leadership and solutions, not more complaining. We get enough of that in this town full of huge egos and cynics. And we're supposed to be modeling positive behavior for our children.


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Posted by iSez
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Nov 7, 2014 at 1:18 am

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Posted by peppered
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 7, 2014 at 7:26 am

peppered is a registered user.

@MyOp: The campaign is over. Let's stop the negativity.
@MyOp: ...it was about far more than just hiring more counselors.
@MyOp: Frankly, it's embarrassing to see adults behaving this way.

Hmmm...


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