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State Center Trustee’s Lead Shrinks to 28. More Votes Still to Count.



State Center challenger Destiny Rodriguez and incumbent Bobby Kahn (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)
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State Center Trustee Bobby Kahn’s lead in the Area 1 race shrank further when the Madera County Elections Office released its final results on Wednesday morning.

Kahn is now clinging to a 28-vote lead over challenger Destiny Rodriguez in a race in which more than 25,000 votes were cast.

The outcome of the election will hinge on the final vote count from the Fresno County Elections Office, which will release its next update on Dec. 2. Fresno County reported last week that about 2,000 ballots remain to be processed.

Area 1 includes the western portion of Madera County and northwestern Fresno County.

Rodriguez, a businesswoman and consultant to the California Air Resources Board, appears likely to overtake Kahn as her support among Fresno County voters has been stronger than Kahn’s.

As of Wednesday’s final count from Madera County, Kahn has 41.6%, Rodriguez has 41.5%, and the other challenger, Alfredo Miranda, a Fresno County eligibility worker, has 16.5% of the ballots cast in the two counties.

Kahn told GV Wire last week that he does not anticipate seeking a recount if Rodriguez overtakes him in the vote count.

The Area 1 seat was one of three State Center trustee seats up for election. Trustee Magdalena Gomez was unchallenged in the Area 4 seat, and Rob Fuentes defeated Gilbert Felix in the Area 5 seat that had no incumbent after Trustee Annalisa Perea won election to the Fresno City Council.

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

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