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Close margins in three local races trigger recounts

Official recounts began Monday for close races in Santa Clara County, and the Los Altos area was overrepresented – three races of interest to local residents will receive a closer look this week.

Countywide, 10 races triggered a recount with margins of fewer than 25 votes or 0.5 percent. According to spokeswoman Anita Torres, the registrar’s office will work throughout the week and weekend to finish all recounts prior to the mandatory election certification deadline Dec. 8.

The Registrar of Voters started retallying votes in the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills City Council races Monday and anticipated a finish after the Town Crier’s press deadline. Torres said that results might not be released until Dec. 6 or 7.

In the initial tally, Lynette Lee Eng edged 0.01 percent ahead of Neysa Fligor in the count for Los Altos City Council. They are separated by six votes in the race for the third seat on the council. Incumbents Jan Pepper and Jeannie Bruins held their lead for the first two spots, with Bruins less than a percentage point ahead of Eng and Fligor.

In Los Altos Hills, incumbent Courtenay C. Corrigan and Michelle Wu secured the first two seats on the council, but incumbent Roger Spreen and Garo K. Kiremidjian triggered yet another recount, with 1,821 and 1,802 votes, respectively, a 0.19 percent margin.

Incumbent Phyllis Vogel stood 217 votes ahead of Gregory Anderson in the race for the second seat on the Cupertino Union School District Board of Trustees, a 0.28 percent margin. Liang-Fang Chao was the top vote-getter with 29.06 percent of the vote.

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