In the race for the Los Banos School Board Area 7 race, challenger Dayna Valadao defeated incumbent Ray Martinez with 100% of precincts reporting, as of Tuesday night, Nov. 8. According to the Merced County Elections website. Valadao had 461 votes or 69.22% to 196 votes or 29.43% of the vote for Martinez. There were also nine write-in votes, but those won’t count since there wasn’t a certified write-in candidate in the race.
The retired teacher will join newly appointed Trustee Lori Gattuso and the three re-elected members, Area 1 Trustee Gene Lieb, Area 3 Trustee Marlene Smith and Area 5 Trustee Anthony Parreira, who faced no opposition in their respective races.
Efforts to reach Valadao and Martinez for comment on the election results were unsuccessful prior to publication time.
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