Los Altos Hills council race remains too close to call

Three votes separate Jay Sutaria from Lisa Schmidt in the race for the third open seat on the Los Altos Hills City Council.

With 99% of the vote count Thursday, Sutaria had 2,498 votes (19.79%) to Schmidt's 2,495 (19.76%). Linda Swan remained the top vote-getter with 2,625 (20.79%) and Stanley Mok was second with 2,538 (20.1%). Raj Reddy was in last place with 2,468 votes (19.55%), 30 votes behind Sutaria. The five candidates are vying for three seats on the five-seat council.

Santa Clara County policy requires an automatic recount if the margin of victory is less than 0.25% of the ballots cast or fewer than 25 votes. The certification date is Dec. 3.

“‘Every vote counts’ certainly applies to the Los Altos Hills town council race,” Swan said in an email.

“I am amazed that the spread between all the candidates was so narrow,” Mok said.

He noted that his 14 years of experience on the town’s Finance Committee found favor with voters.

Both credited all candidates with running positive campaigns.

“The candidates did not use negative, contentious statements and were positive throughout the entire race. How refreshing,” Mok said.

“I also want to thank all of the candidates for town council for their positive attitudes and conduct,” added Swan, a 32-year town resident. “It was a pleasure to run against such qualified candidates.”

Swan, Mok and Sutaria had declared themselves a “slate” in the campaign, all three bonded by agreement on issues related to pathways support and opposition to expansion plans for Los Altos Hills Town Hall.

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