By SHARON STELLO
Paolo Maffei, who strongly opposed the Mountain Springs development, and incumbent Don Ratzlaff, who supported it, will face off in November for Tuolumne Countys District 2 supervisorial seat.
Maffei, a retired Phoenix Lake area resident, captured 38.54 percent of the votes, while Ratzlaff came in second by edging out his other challenger, Judy Halling, by 70 votes.
Ratzlaff, of Sonora Meadows, runs a land surveying business. Halling, of Phoenix Lake Estates, is youth and families program director for Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency and directs the YES Partnership. Maffei is retired from marketing and real estate careers.
Unofficial results in the District 2 race show Maffei with 980 votes, Ratzlaff with 814 votes, or 32.01 percent, and Halling with 744 votes, or 29.26 percent.
I really had no idea how it was going to turn out, Maffei said. I feel very happy about it, of course.
Maffei said he was amazed by how many people volunteered to work phones and walk precincts for his campaign.
I think thats what did it, he said.
Ratzlaff said he was surprised to claim a place in the runoff. He said he expected Maffei to take the most votes because he walked much of the district and talked to many constituents.
I didnt expect to win. I did better than I thought I would, Ratzlaff said, adding that he looks forward to the runoff.
It will be interesting. A lot of things will come out about the other candidate, Ratzlaff said. He would not elaborate.
This was Hallings second failed attempt for the supervisorial seat. She trailed behind Ratzlaff by 70 votes in this race and 199 votes in 1998.
Considering she entered the race late, Halling said she is proud of how she fared.
Halling gave Maffei credit for working so hard, adding that candidates who walk the precincts and talk to voters usually do well in Tuolumne County elections.
Ratzlaff and Maffei agreed the race centered on growth and development issues.