New unofficial results from the Nov. 6 election released Wednesday evening confirmed that Ryan Campbell will represent District 2 on the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors for the next four years.
The new numbers showed Campbell’s lead grew to 85 votes over two-term incumbent District 2 Randy Hanvelt, with an additional 176 ballots from voters in the district counted since the previous set of results was released on Nov. 8.
Campbell had 2,121 votes, or 50.8 percent, while Hanvelt had 2,036 votes, or 48.8 percent, in the latest results. The number of people who didn’t vote for either candidate also grew by 31 since Nov. 8.
Debi Bautista, county clerk and auditor-controller, said there are 34 confirmed ballots left to count from conditional voters in District 2 who didn’t register to vote prior to the Oct. 22 deadline.
There are also 114 provisional ballots cast at polling places in District 2 on Nov. 6 still left to be verified and counted as well, but Bautista noted that a number of those will likely be from people who live in a different district and won’t affect the results in the race between Campbell and Hanvelt.
Hanvelt has not returned requests for comment since a text message he sent to The Union Democrat on election night stating that the results in the close race would likely not be in for days.
The final results released on election night had Campbell with a 42-vote lead over Hanvelt, but there were still over 1,000 ballots from District 2 left to be counted.
Campbell declared victory after a second round of results released on Nov. 8 showed his lead at the time had grown to 74 votes. He stated in a Facebook post to supporters the following day that he was “overcome with gratitude for all of the people who have helped make this day possible.”
“First, I would like to thank Randy Hanvelt for his service to Tuolumne County and his dedication to the residents of the Second District,” Campbell stated in the post. “He was an extremely tough opponent who ran a fantastic race, and I am looking forward to working with him as we make this transition. We all owe Randy our sincerest thanks.”
The first set of election results released shortly after polls closed at 8 p.m. on Nov. 6 showed Campbell ahead of Hanvelt by 31 votes out of 2,458 absentee ballots from District 2 that were received by the county Election Office prior to that day.
Campbell never fell behind behind Hanvelt as ballots cast at polling places on Nov. 6 were tallied later that night, though he was ahead by only a single vote at one point.
The two faced each other in a runoff after emerging as the top-two vote getters in the June 5 primary election, with Hanvelt finishing 308 votes ahead of Campbell.
Hanvelt was first elected in 2010 after defeating then-incumbent Paolo Maffei in the primary. He cruised to re-election in 2014 with a primary victory over Paul McNaul.
Campbell had never run for public office before launching his bid to unseat Hanvelt in late 2017. He has said he will quit his job at the county if elected to focus on being a supervisor.
The result has come as a surprise to many local political observers because of Hanvelt’s advantage in name recognition and campaign financing. He outspent Campbell by a margin of more than 5-to-1 since the beginning of the year.
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