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Election department reaffirms District 2 supervisor

Emily Aughinbaugh, Tribune staff writer

Working late into Thursday night, the El Dorado County elections department finished the absentee count and reaffirmed election day results naming Helen Baumann the new District 2 supervisor.

Pulling in 7,878 votes, Baumann edged out candidate Ken Bush by 318 votes- close but not a record according to Registrar of Voters Michele McIntyre.

“There’s been some (candidates) within 100 votes of one another,’ McIntyre said. “I don’t consider this close at all.”

Taking more than a week to tally the almost 600 absentee ballots, Baumann said it was a tough and nerve-racking race.

“I think (the election) was an educational experience,” she said. “Tuesday came and it went and it was still there. I kept thinking people were confusing my election with the president’s.”

McIntyre called Baumann with the final results Friday, but Baumann said she was initially hesitant to believe she had won.

“I kept saying, ‘Did you count everything,’ ” Baumann said. “I think (after the absentee count was final) I just relaxed. It was suddenly, ‘Oh goodness we have a lot of work to do.’ “

Baumann, a 48-year-old registered nurse and Pioneer Union School Board chairman, has lived in El Dorado County for 20 years.

She supported Measure H and said she will support the El Dorado Health Alliance in trying to get a majority of Master Tobacco Settlement funds during her term.

Baumann said she will continue nursing up until she takes office in January and will start the search for an administrative assistant and meet all the county staff.

“I’ve gotten wonderful phone calls and responses from all of the department heads,” Baumann said. “I’m very excited. I’m anxious to get in there and start. I’m going to hit the ground running.”

Baumann is one of three new board members. She will replace Ray Nutting, who served the board for eight years.

Rusty Dupray will replace Sam Bradley in District 1 and Carl Borelli will replace Mark Nielsen in District 3.

“All of the supervisors have called me,” Baumann said of the other new board members. “We’re so excited to have a really positive board.”

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