Sue Novasel and Kenny Curtzwiler are the two candidates for El Dorado County District 5 Supervisor advancing to November’s general election, according to final election results released Tuesday.
Novasel, of Meyers, finished in first place in the six-way June primary with 1,557 votes. She maintained a sizable lead while three other candidates changed places in a tight race for second place as late and provisional ballots were counted over the last two weeks.
That race for second place ultimately came down to ballots cast by less than a dozen voters. In the end, Curtzwiler, also of Meyers, finished second with 977 votes. He finished 10 votes ahead of Angela Swanson, of South Lake Tahoe, who got 967 votes, and 14 votes ahead of Kevin Brown, of Pollock Pines, who got 963 votes.
Gerri Grego, of South Lake Tahoe, and Teresa Piper, of Pollock Pines, finished fifth and sixth.
In the race for county supervisor, the two candidates getting the most votes in the June primary advance to the November general election.
Curtzwiler said, “I would just say thank you to everybody who helped me, with a special thank you to Jordan. You know who you are. And it isn’t over until it’s over.”
The race for District 5 Supervisor was the closest contest in the June 3 primary in El Dorado County. Only 5,468 of the 17,702 registered voters in District 5 cast a ballot in the contest, putting voter turnout at 33.7 percent.
With final results released, candidates have until 5 p.m. Friday to request a recount, according to the El Dorado County Election Department.
“I’m pleased with the results and would like to congratulate Kenny for his placement, and I’m looking forward to the runoff in November,” Novasel said.
“I am truly honored to be the highest vote getter in the primary. Having said that, it means I have a lot of work ahead of me over the next five months. I am committed to our district and will work hard and cooperatively to get things done on behalf of all of District 5 and our community. The voice of our district is paramount in representing our citizens.”