Union Democrat staff

Calaveras County edged closer to finalizing its vote totals Tuesday, and as it stands now every contested local race will head to a runoff in November.

Elections official Robin Glanville said in a press release 500 provisional ballots remain to be counted of the 15,537 votes cast. That represents a voter turnout of almost 54 percent.

The percentages did not change much with the new report and the standings of the candidates remained the same with Merita Callaway leading in District 3, Benjamin Stopper in District 5 and incumbent Rick DiBasilio in the sheriff’s race.

In District 3, Callaway had 1,707 votes (48.02 percent), incumbent Michael Oliveira 1,024 (28.8 percent), Ed Langan 823 (23.15 percent) and one write-in. In all, 3,555 people voted.

In District 5, Stopper had 849 votes (32.43 percent), incumbent Clyde Clapp 797 (30.44 percent), Bruce Giudici 730 (27.88 percent), Gregory Gustafson 240 (9.17 percent) and two write-ins. A total of 2,618 people voted.

In the sheriff’s race in which 14,693 people voted, DiBasilio missed avoiding a runoff by slightly more than 1 percent. He had 7,184 votes or 48.89 percent, Gary Lee Stevens had 4,170 (28.38 percent), Patrick Garrahan 3,318 (22.58 percent) and 21 write-ins.



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