Jim Gillio, the clear front runner in the race for District 4 county supervisor, said he will keep working hard until the November general election.
“Thank you is the biggest thing, to thank everybody who got involved in the political process, including all of the candidates for all of the different races,” Gillio said.
Gillio reacted Wednesday after primary election results Tuesday showed him with a big advantage so far over incumbent Jerry Muenzer and three other challengers.
With 6,710 ballots counted through election night, and the elections office saying there are up to 6,000 more to go, Gillio had 44.64 percent of the vote with 849 votes. The top two vote getters advance to a November runoff. If Gillio had gained more than 50 percent of the vote, he could have prevented one. The elections office expects to complete the tallies by the end of this week.
Muenzer, in his second four-year term, came in second with 22.29 percent of the vote and 424 votes. Muenzer could not be reached Wednesday for comment.
As for other challengers, Robert Bernosky had 15.25 percent and 290 votes. Sandy Swint had 11.46 percent and 218 votes. Elia Salinas had 6.36 percent and 121 votes.
Gillio reflected to the number of people competing on the ballot.
“I think it’s amazing we had the amount of interest in the political process we had,” he said, “and I look forward to November.”
He said he will keep working hard to November and on.
“The biggest thing for me is I want to see a positive change for San Benito County and I want to bring us into the future,” he said.
See a candidate profile and video interview with Gillio here: