Two incumbents, one new trustee elected to Rancho Santa Fe School board


Editor’s Note:

All vote totals are as of presstime for this newspaper. While all precinct votes have been tallied, the county is still counting mail/provisional ballots. Election results are expected to be certified by early December.

By Karen Billing

Voters elected Rancho Santa Fe School board incumbents Tyler Seltzer and Richard Burdge back to the board on Nov. 6, as well as new member Todd Buchner.

Buchner, a managing director at Credit Suisse international financial services group, has been in the district for three years. The father of four children, he served as the RSF Education Foundation finance chair last year.

The election featured five candidates vying for the three open positions.

“I want to thank everyone who ran for school board, anyone willing to do that is great,” said outgoing board president Jim Depolo at the school district’s Nov. 7 meeting. “I can leave the board and feel that it’s in terrific hands.”

Seltzer received the most votes with 1,129. Burdge received 1,105 votes and Buchner received 1,098. Candidates Lorraine Brovick-Kent and Heather Slosar received 991 and 887 votes respectively.

In other local election news, incumbents Joyce Dalessandro and Beth Hergesheimer were re-elected to the San Dieguito Union High School District board, winning 31.36 percent and 29.57 percent of the votes. Candidates Steve McDowell and Graham Ledger earned 21.94 and 17.12 percent of the votes respectively.

Greg Gruzdowich was elected to the Division One seat (Rancho Santa Fe) on the Santa Fe Irrigation District board with 57.51 percent of the vote. Candidate and incumbent Kenneth Dunford received 42.85 percent of the vote.

Alan Smerican was elected to the Division Two seat (Solana Beach) on the Santa Fe Irrigation District with 60.37 percent of the vote. Holly Smith Jones received 39.63 percent of the vote.

Kathy McHenry (28.99 percent), Alan Arckless (27.66 percent) and Nancy McElfresh (22.17 percent) were elected to the Whispering Palms Community Services District board. Philip Keep received 21.17 percent of the votes.

Solana Beach Deputy Mayor Dave Roberts is leading the San Diego County Board of Supervisors (District Three seat) race by a vote of 50.85 percent. Candidate Steve Danon received 49.15 percent of the vote.

Richard Leib (38.73 percent) and Julie Union (36.40 percent) were elected to the Solana Beach School Board. Candidate James Summers received 24.87 percent of the vote.

Scott Peters is leading the 52nd Congressional District seat race with 50.40 percent of the vote over Brian Bilbray (49.60 percent).

So far, none of the local proposed school bonds have received the 55 percent majority vote to pass, according to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.

• Prop AA, the San Dieguito Union High School District’s $449 million bond received 54.74 percent voter approval (35,162 in favor, 29,072 against) and 45.26 percent against.

• Prop EE, The MiraCosta Community College $497 million bond, received 54.07 percent voter approval and 45.93 percent against.

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