Third seat on Ravenswood school board still undecided

Two hundred ballots remain uncounted in San Mateo County

UPDATE: On the final results update on Dec. 3, Tamara Sobomehin is still in second place with 2,370 votes, followed by Stephanie Fitch with 2,342 votes and Laura Nunez with 2,298 votes.

The tight race for the third open seat on the Ravenswood City School District Board of Education is still undecided, though only 200 ballots remain uncounted across San Mateo County.

The three winners in this race seemed all but certain until about two weeks past Election Day, when Tamara Sobomehin, who works at youth technology nonprofit StreetCode Academy, pulled into third place, edging out Laura Nunez, a teacher who ran on a slate with Sobomehin.

Incumbent Ana Pulido and nonprofit curriculum manager Stephanie Fitch remained in first and second places, respectively.

By this weekend, Sobomehin gained enough votes to bypass Fitch and take second place — though by a slim margin, as narrow as a single vote on Saturday.

Sobomehin won 2,369 votes, or 14 percent of the vote, as of Tuesday. Fitch, who works at Summit Public Schools in Redwood City, trails her with 2,341 votes, or 13.8 percent.

Nunez, who teaches at public charter school East Palo Alto Academy, was behind Fitch by 43 votes as of Tuesday.

Pulido has held onto her early lead with 14.5 percent of the vote.

"I look forward to being out of candidate limbo soon, and appreciate everyone's work to get people's votes counted," Sobomehin said on Tuesday.

Fitch and Nunez did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

San Mateo County does not have automatic recounts. Elections code states that within five days following the certification of the election, any registered voter can file a written request for a recount in any race.

Countywide, there are still 51 vote-by-mail ballots, 35 provisional ballots and 118 "signature no match" ballots (voters have until Dec. 4 to remove the discrepancy) to be counted, according to Jim Irizarry, chief elections officer for San Mateo County. A total of 289,963 ballots have been counted.

The election results will be finalized and certified next Thursday, Dec. 6, Irizarry said.

The next results update will be released on Dec. 3.


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