After trailing by just three votes in the race for the district two seat on the PCC Board of Trustees on election night, Jim Osterling has pulled decisively ahead of opponent Tom Selinske, 2,163 to 2,045.
Polls closed on election night with Selinske ahead 1,721 to 1,718 and cautiously optimistic. “It’s hard to know what the final count will be,” Selinske said before the updated results.
After the first update, Osterling overtook Selinske by 92 votes, and with a 118 vote lead he is now officially declaring victory.
“I won the election,” Osterling announced on his Facebook page. He could not be reached for comment.
“At this juncture, it’s difficult to overcome an over 100 vote deficit,” Selinske conceded. “There’s a great need to connect PCC to Pasadena Unified School District and that’s what I had hoped to work on.”
According to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Clerk office, although the election results will not be certified until Nov. 23, 99 percent of all votes have been counted. There will be no further updates until the official results, making Osterling the victor.
Over 800 votes were tallied after the polls closed—nearly 20 percent of all ballots cast. Over the half the total votes for the two top candidates came by mail.
Osterling will be sworn in during the Dec 9 board meeting when he and the district four winner, Hoyt Hilsman will replace Jeanette Mann and Bill Thomson, respectively.