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Area College Trustee Remains in Tight Battle to Hold Seat After Latest Returns

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State Center Area 1 candidates Destiny Rodriguez, Alfredo Miranda, and Bobby Kahn. (GV Wire composite/Paul Marshall)
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Update: Incumbent Bobby Kahn’s lead widened to 273 votes after the Madera County Elections Office released its updated vote totals Wednesday afternoon.

Kahn has 42.1% of the votes cast in Madera and Fresno counties, while the two challengers, Destiny Rodriguez and Alfredo Miranda, have 40.9% and 16.4% respectively.

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Just 207 votes separate the top two candidates in the race for State Center Community College District Area 1 seat that includes parts of Madera and Fresno counties, with thousands of votes still being tallied in both counties.

Incumbent Bobby Kahn has 42.1% of the 19,529 votes counted, California Air Resources Board consultant Destiny Rodriguez has 41.1%, and Fresno County eligibility worker Alfredo Miranda has 16.2%.

Rodriguez and Miranda are running stronger in Fresno County, while Kahn has more votes coming from Madera County voters.

Kahn had protested a citizen-drawn redistricting plan that split Madera County, calling it “an absolute insult” to Madera County residents. In January the Board of Trustees approved the plan on a 4-3 vote, with Kahn and Trustees Deborah Ikeda and Richard Caglia voting against it.

The other portion of Madera County was rolled into Area 7, represented by Caglia — whose current term ends in 2024. Caglia was first elected to the State Center board in 2008 and is the district’s longest-serving trustee.

Madera County will update its vote totals Wednesday afternoon. The Madera County Elections Office said that the majority of 11,757 uncounted ballots should be processed by Wednesday, with the remaining ballots counted and reported by Friday afternoon.

The Fresno County Elections Office, which released a vote count update Tuesday afternoon, still has an estimated 21,000 ballots to process. The next update is scheduled for Friday.

Fresno County Clerk James Kus says there will be two more updates after that, on Dec. 2 and Dec. 8. Certification of the election is scheduled for Dec. 8, he said.

Nancy Price is a multimedia journalist for GV Wire. A longtime reporter and editor who has worked for newspapers in California, Florida, Alaska, Illinois and Kansas, Nancy joined GV Wire in July 2019. She previously worked as an assistant metro editor for 13 years at The Fresno Bee. Nancy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her hobbies include singing with the Fresno Master Chorale and volunteering with Fresno Filmworks. You can reach Nancy at 559-492-4087 or Send an Email