After a week of anticipation, the Santa Clara County Registrar’s Office still does not have a definitive answer for candidate for District 1 Supervisor Teresa Alvarado. Alvarado, who’s been trailing her opponent Forrest Williams since the June 8 election by fluctuating margins, spent much of the week attending county budget hearings at 70 West Hedding. Fly was seated nearby at Wednesday afternoon’s meeting when she received an email on her Blackberry saying the gap between her and Williams had shrunk to 32 votes. “Is that the last of it?” she whispered. “What the hell?”
That was not the last of it, nor is today’s update, released about an hour ago. Alvarado now trails Williams by 39 votes, with 11,731 to his 11,770 votes. Anton Nichols with the registrar’s office said that another update will come out on Monday, and speculated that there are still a couple thousand votes to go through. Alvarado’s camp was told there are still about 3,000 ballots left, an unknown number of which are from District 1. The count will determine who faces former Los Gatos Council member Mike Wasserman in the November run-off.
Should the final count reveal she’s lost by a razor thin margin, Alvarado may have to make the tricky decision on whether or not to ask for (and pay for) a recount. She said she and her team sat down on Thursday to talk about the options. According to her campaign consultant Jude Barry, past recounts have cost 75 cents to a dollar per ballot, so a recount could ring in at $40,000-60,000.
Monday’s count update is in – Alvarado now trails by 70 votes. Campaign coordinator Gabriela Chavez-Lopez emailed to say that she’s been told there are 400 votes left to count, an estimated 100 of which are from District 1. Potentially, the update on Wednesday at 5 p.m. could be the last one.
Meanwhile, Magdalena Carrasco in the District 5 City Council race quietly slipped past her closest rival Xavier Campos by three votes after Friday’s tally came in, but it was a fleeting victory. This afternoon’s count puts Carrasco back in second, trailing with 17 votes.