STOCKTON — A brand-new majority appeared certain Tuesday night for San Joaquin Delta College’s blistered Board of Trustees. Four new trustees will take office, pushing out two incumbents. Two other current trustees did not seek re-election. The vote follows months of mounting criticism about the board’s management of voter-approved Measure L dollars, and the college’s progress — or lack thereof — constructing a south-county satellite campus. Here’s how voters sifted through an unusually crowded field of candidates: Area 1 In the tightest race, Jennet Stebbins, a frequent candidate for public office, held a narrow lead over businessman James Grunsky as the two battled to oust incumbent Anthony Bugarin. Stebbins snagged 38 percent of the vote while Grunsky held 37 percent. Bugarin was in third with 24.6 percent. Area 2 Delta administrator Mary Ann Cox was ahead of Stockton attorney David Rishwain 42.1 percent to 32.2 percent. Delta graduate Motecuzoma Patrick Sánchez snagged 13.4 percent of the vote, with accountant Thomas LaBounty and business owner Gregory Benigno earning 6.9 percent and 5.1percent, respectively. Cox will take the seat vacated by longtime trustee Leo Burke, first elected in 1975. Area 5 Architect Steve Castellanos was well on his way to winning this seat, which represents the north county and Mother Lode. Castellanos led ambulance company owner Al Lennox 69.3 percent to 30.3 percent. Area 6 Teresa Brown of Tracy led the race to unseat Greg McCreary, one of Delta’s shortest-tenured board members despite having served since 1996. Brown had earned 44 percent of the vote, with McCreary taking 28.9 percent. School cafeteria worker Carolyn Gamino garnered 26.7 percent.
Stockton Unified School District STOCKTON — Incumbents Anthony Silva and Dillon Delvo went down to defeat Tuesday night in their bids to keep their seats on the Stockton Unified School District Board of Trustees. Newcomer Jose Morales knocked off Silva in a head-to-head race, and Gloria Allen beat Delvo in a four-way battle. In the third race, with no incumbent running, Colleen Boardman was the winner. With all 18 precincts reporting in Stockton Unified’s Area 3 (central and east Stockton), Morales had 50.6 percent of the vote to 49.1 percent for Silva. Morales is a district representative for state Sen. Michael Machado, D-Linden. With all 17 precincts reporting in Area 1 (southwest Stockton), community activist Allen had 31.6 percent of the vote, followed by Delvo at 29.4 percent, businessman Tomas Gutierrez at 27.2 percent and citizen Robert Washington with 11.7 percent. With all 23 precincts reporting in Area 4 (central and west Stockton), District Attorney’s Office investigator Boardman, with 36.2 percent, beat El Concilio Vice President Angel Jimenez, who had 33.8 percent, and Stagg High booster club President Joe Gatz, with 29.8 percent. Incumbent Sarah Bowden did not seek a second term in Area 4. The board thus will undergo significant changes to its balance of power. There was little doubt Superintendent Tony Amato was paying close attention to the results Tuesday. Amato was hired in July by a 6-1 vote of the board, but his four-year contract was approved by only a 4-3 vote. Delvo, Silva and Bowden, now gone from the board, all voted to approve the contract.
Lincoln Unified School District STOCKTON — Incumbent Paul Canepa and teacher Van-Ha To-Cowell were the leaders in the race for two seats on the Lincoln Unified School District Board of Education. Canepa had 26.4 percent of the vote and To-Cowell had 25.5 percent. Businessman Don Ruhstaller was next, with 17.9 percent, followed by San Joaquin Delta College instructor Pedro Ramirez, with 15.5 percent, and attorney Matthew Bradford, with 14.6 percent. Incumbent Dean Andal did not seek a second term, instead choosing to challenge Democrat Jerry McNerney for the 11th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Andal’s term with Lincoln expires next month.