Incumbents triumph in all local education races, final results show

The final results are in, and incumbents swept all of the local education races.

The County of Santa Clara Registrar of Voters Office last week formally certified the results of the Nov. 3 election.

Incumbent Grace Mah (53,033 votes, 52%) beat Melissa Baten Caswell (48,947 votes, 48%) for the local seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Education. The typically relatively obscure race generated more than $500,000 in campaign contributions.

Incumbents Sanjay Dave (25,650 votes, 34.96%) and Phil Faillace (24,562 votes, 33.47%) won re-election over challenger Laura Teksler (23,168 votes, 31.57%) for two seats on the five-member Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees.

In the race for two seats on the five-member Cupertino Union School District Board of Education, incumbents Sylvia Leong (34,712 votes, 37.86%) and Phyllis Vogel (24,466 votes, 26.69%) topped challengers Sudha Kasamsetty (22,139 votes, 24.15%) and Wil Fluewelling (10,360 votes, 11.30%).

Gilbert Wong (104,246 votes, 29.73%), Peter Landsberger (98,460 votes, 28.08%) and Laura Casas (96,029 votes, 27.38%), all incumbents, won re-election to the five-member Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees by a wide margin over challenger Govind Tatachari (51,943 votes, 14.81%).

The Fremont Union High School District’s Measure M, a renewal of an existing $98 parcel tax, passed with 73.67% in favor. The measure required two-thirds support to pass. The district includes Homestead High School, which draws students from Los Altos.

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