DEVELOPING: The 2022 primary election is (unofficially) over

Unofficial election results are in for the June 7 primary following several weeks of vote counting and delays due to issues with mail-in ballot barcodes. 

Unofficial election results are in for the June 7 primary, following several weeks of vote counting and delays due to issues with mail-in ballot barcodes. And while certification of the election is still eight days away, the leading candidates can relax a bit or plan for November.

The San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters shows that all 109,832 ballots cast have been tallied. San Joaquin County has until July 7 to certify the results.

Some of the races were decided by voting on June 7, others move on to the general election in November. One of the most bitterly-contested races of the primary were settled, as Ron Freitas has defeated incumbent Tori Verber-Salazar to become the next San Joaquin County District Attorney. Verber Salazar was running for a third term.

Ron Freitas is the unofficial District Attorney-elect of San Joaquin County

Congressional Seat to be Decided in the Fall

The biggest prize of the primary will be decided in the Fall. As expected, Democratic incumbent Congressman Josh Harder will meet Republican Tom Patti in the runoff. In a statement released by his campaign, Harder said in part, “I’m grateful and honored that our community has put their faith in me once again. As a new dad, I know how rising costs are crushing our families, and we desperately need more common sense leaders to actually get things done.”

Patti, a sitting San Joaquin County Supervisor, will be trying to wrest the seat from Harder in the new 9th Congressional District. A Republican hasn’t represented the Greater Stockton Area in the U.S. Congress since 2007.

“I’m glad to see that the tallies have been done, and I’m humble and grateful for the level of support I received,” Patti said. “I feel voters are speaking out that they deserve better than what they are getting with the current leadership in Washington.”

Close Supervisor Race Forces Runoff in November

The closest race of the primary was for the SJ County District 4 seat. Leader Steve Ding and Steve Colangelo are separated by 291 votes and will advance to November. The six candidates changed positions several times through the released counts.

“You always have that doubt in the back of your mind, Two weeks ago, I was running third, and running third and up to last night it was anyone’s ball game,” Ding said. “I’m very humbled and grateful for the final outcome.”

Full Primary Results

Here’s a look at which races have been called and those that will advance to a runoff in November:

Stockton City Council District 1

Incumbent Sol Jobrack will face off against challenger Michele Padilla in November for Stockton City Council District 1.

SOL JOBRACK 3,589 47.30%

MICHELE PADILLA 3,109 40.97%

FELIX OGBAH 890 11.73%

Stockton City Council District 3

Real estate broker Michael Blower won by a landslide, garnering more than 50% of the vote, and therefore will not have to move on to a runoff in November. 

MICHAEL BLOWER 5,328 68.21%

SHOUA LO 1,667 21.34%

BRIDGET HAWLEY-ORTIZ 816 10.45%

City Council District 5

Brando Villapudua received by far the majority of votes, and a November runoff will be unnecessary. 

BRANDO VILLAPUDUA 1,946 70.56%

JEWELIAN JOHNSON 812 29.44%

District Attorney

RON FREITAS 53,695 54.53%

TORI VERBER SALAZAR 44,775 45.47%

9th Congressional District

San Joaquin County Supervisor Tom Patti and Congressman Josh Harder will face off in November for the new 9th Congressional District.

JOSH HARDER 37,749 37.11%

TOM PATTI 28,985 28.49%

JIM SHOEMAKER 14,776 14.53%

HARPREET SINGH CHIMA 8,171 8.03%

JONATHAN MADISON 5,779 5.68%

KHALID JEFFREY JAFRI 3,031 2.98%

KARENA APPLE FENG 2,524 2.48%

MARK T. ANDREWS 711 0.70%

9th State Assembly District 

State Assemblymember Heath Flora garnered almost every vote to represent the new 9th State Assembly district. 

HEATH FLORA 37,428 99.69%

MUSHTAQ A TAHIRKHELI 116 0.31%

13th State Assembly District

Assemblymember Carlos Villapudua will move on to a runoff with Tracy Vice Mayor Veronica Vargas. In state races, a November election takes place even if someone receives more than 50 percent in the primary, as Villapudua did.

CARLOS VILLAPUDUA 27,986 59.12%

VERONICA VARGAS 12,532 26.47%

MATEO BEDOLLA 6,604 13.95%

JESSICA WAGNER 219 0.46%

County Superintendent of Schools

Because there were only two in this race, Superintendent Troy Brown will not need to face any challenger in November.  He has been elected to his first full term.

TROY A. BROWN 11,624 64.88%

BRIAN MICHAEL BIEDERMANN 6,291 35.12%

County Supervisor District 2

Stockton City Councilmember Paul Canepa and Elbert Holman Jr. will advance to a runoff for San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors District 2 in November. 

PAUL CANEPA 8,035   43.00%

ELBERT HOLMAN JR. 5,432 27.14%

DINO BALLIN 3,585 18.11%

BILL SMITH 2,740 13.84%

County Supervisor District 4

STEVE DING 5,584 21.39%

STEVE COLANGELO 5,295 20.28%

DOUG KUEHNE 4,577 17.53%

NANCY G. ST. CLAIR 4,493 17.21%

PAUL BRENNAN 3,203 12.27%

STEVE MOORE 2,957 11.33%

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