The citizens of Tracy changed the makeup of the City Council in the Tuesday general election.
Deputy district attorney Dan Arriola led all candidates, earning the support of 22.31 percent of Tracy residents who cast a ballot — 4,605 votes in all. Mayor Pro Tem Veronica Vargas was returned to office with 4,004 votes — 19.4 percent.
Emergency room nurse Dotty Nygard came in third with 3,836 votes, 18.59 percent, while incumbent Councilwoman Juana Dement got 3,411 votes, 16.53 percent. Educator Catalina Olvera and computer engineer Amer Hammudi rounded out the field of candidates with 12.54 percent and 10.63 percent of the vote respectively.
Mayor Robert Rickman was returned to office for his final two-year term, getting 6,503 votes — 54.39 percent of those who cast a ballot for mayor. Councilwoman Nancy Young, who challenged Rickman, got 5,454 votes, or 45.61 percent.
TUSD board overhauled
The Board of Education for Tracy Unified School District will look completely different after the election. Four newcomers were swept to office and the two incumbents in the race — James Vaughn and Greg Silva — were not re-elected.
D.A.R.E. officer Steve Abercrombie earned the most support among the nine candidates with 6,784 votes, 17.39 percent. Social worker Lori Souza had the second-highest vote total with 5,545, 14.22 percent. Dr. Ameni Alexander got 4,798 votes, 12.3 percent, and deputy district attorney Simran Kaur earned 4,551 votes, 11.67 percent.
James Young Sr. got 9.53 percent of the vote, Jeremy Silcox got 8.98 percent, Vaughn got 8.86 percent, Silva got 8.79 and Mateo Bedolla got 8.26 percent.
The board will also have to fill the seat that will be vacated by Arriola, who was elected to the TUSD board in 2016. The remaining trustees will have to decide whether to appoint someone for the two-year remainder of Arriola’s term or hold a special election.
Mountain House CSD unchanged
The two incumbents on the Mountain House Community Services District governing board handily won re-election Tuesday.
Director Manuel Moreno got 40.83 percent of the vote and Director Brian Lucid earned 34.73 percent. Challenger Victor Liew got 24.43 percent of the ballots cast.
Read more on this story, with reactions from the winners, Friday in the Tracy Press. See more election returns, including statewide initiatives and the local measures, at www.tracypress.com.
All results are unofficial until certified by San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters Melinda Dubroff within 30 days of the election.