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Peck & Foster Win San Lorenzo School Board; Fobert Has Slim Lead Over Sherman For Third Seat

Tony Shah trails the pack in the five-person race for three seats. The results are not yet official so close races could still shift.


Penny Peck, Helen K. Foster and Norman D. Fobert appear to have won the three seats that were up for election in the San Lorenzo School Board race.

Peck and Foster, respectively, have comfortable leads for two of the three positions.

Incumbent Jim Sherman trailed Fobert by just 56 votes and was in fourth place according to the latest returns posted Monday, November 12 by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters. 

In the immediate aftermath of the November 6th election, Sherman had led Fobert by a narrow margin. 

But that was before the registrar tallied the roughly one-out-of-five ballots that could not be tabulated automatically.

Most of these were mail-in-ballots that people turned in by hand to a polling place. All of those signatures had to be checked.

There were also provisional ballots: people who voted but there was some question about their registration that had to be resolved.

These are not yet the final, certified returns so a switch in the Fobert/Sherman race is possible.

Foster and Fobert are veterans of the San Lorenzo School Board.

Peck will be new to the board though she is well known in the community.

As Democratic Party activist Marga Lacabe wrote of Peck in a pre-election endorsement:

"She . . . knows San Lorenzo and the Washington Manor. She has lived in San Lorenzo all her life and is still in the house where she grew up. She attended Lorenzo Manor Elementary school, Bohannon Junior High and San Lorenzo High School, before heading to Cal State Hayward for a B.A. in American History and San Jose State for her Masters in Library Science. Before becoming a librarian she had a variety of jobs, including managing a club where she met comedian Brian Copeland and started a life-long friendship."

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