Election 2012: Valle Leads District 2 Supervisor Race

Valle, who was appointed to the supervisor seat earlier this year, leads by more than 3,000 votes.

Updated 1:02 a.m.

It started off as a tight race, but with all precincts now reporting, Richard Valle just might have the Alameda County Board of Supervisors District 2 seat in his pocket.

Valle, who was appointed to the position in April after former county supervisor Nadya Locker resigned in a messy scandal, leads with 20,014 votes (36 percent) as of 12:47 a.m. Wednesday — a more than 3,000 vote gap over the candidate with the second most votes.

Trailing behind Valle is Mark Green with 16,803 votes (30 percent). Green’s tenure as Union City’s mayor expires this year. Earlier this year, Green was bumped off in the June primary for State Assembly and put his name in the hat for the county supervisor appointment, but also lost that bid.

Behind Green is Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi. Despite a publicized shoplifting fiasco, she managed to garner 13,165 votes (24 percent).

In last place is retired deputy sheriff Mark Turnquist with 4,933 votes (9 percent).

"It feels really good," Valle said of his likely win late Tuesday night. "We had help from a lot of people; a real great cross section of District 2. The young people made a big difference."

If he wins, Valle said that going into 2013, he'll continue to work on the initiatives he's set in motion during his temporary appointment to the Board of Supervisors.

Among those initiatives are the Tennyson Corridor Improvement project in south Hayward, an effort to help save the struggling St. Rose Hospital, the reforestation of the Union City hills and continuing to advocate for youth employment programs.

While Valle remained confident throughout the supervisors race, he said "it's never over until it's over."

"The key is running an honest campaign and being true to yourself," Valle said.

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Shelby November 07, 2012 at 04:35 PM
According to the article, 8232 voters prefer a shoplifter over a retired law enforcement officer? Simply amazing.
reggieqh1 November 07, 2012 at 05:35 PM
I agree, so sad.
Davis November 07, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Shelby, I agree, what were these folks thinking? obviously not thinking at all!, too many misinformed voters, but we should be thankful that they came out to vote regardless of the outcome. I wonder where Mary Mary quite contrary will emerge next?
Davis November 07, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Oh, by the way, congrats to Richard Valle. With Starks defeat his career path has changed. Maybe he can concentrate on being a meaningful representative on the County Board of Supervisors.
Dan Arnhem November 07, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Richard Valle ran a fine campaign. Many, myself included, at times doubted his non-negative campaign regarding Hayashi, but for various reasons, as we see in the returns, he chose well and stuck to his plan when so many were fearful of the outcome. He deserves credit for keeping faith with the wisdom of the voters.


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