MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif. (KION) With fewer than 10,000 votes left to count in Monterey County, Wendy Root Askew has 53% of votes in the Monterey County Supervisor District 4 race, and her opponent, Steve McShane, has 47%.
McShane said in a statement Wednesday that with just under 2,000 votes separating the two candidates, they are calling the election.
"Last night, I called Wendy Root Askew and congratulated her on winning the election. I wished her the best in her new role as County Supervisor and pledged my support to work with her on getting our County through COVID-19 recovery, real housing solutions and economic recovery. Through the conversations I have had with District 4 residents, I know how important those issues are to this community, and my work in striving for solutions does not just simply end with this election," McShane wrote.
He said he intends to continue serving on the Salinas City Council and stay involved in the community.
Askew also shared a statement to thank her supporters and congratulate McShane on a "hard-fought campaign."
"My heart is full today - with gratitude for our amazing campaign team - hundreds of volunteers who spent thousands of hours talking to voters, to donors who gave what they could when they could, to every single person who engaged in our social media and talked to friends and family about the campaign, and most importantly to the voters of District 4 who made their voices heard. Thank you for believing in our campaign and believing in me... I want to congratulate my General Election opponent, Steve McShane, on a hard fought campaign and for the sacrifice that comes along with running for local office. Steve and I are both raising our own young families here in Monterey County, having each built small businesses and worked in public service. I look forward to continuing to work in partnership with Steve to serve our shared South Salinas constituents, to advance compassionate solutions for the unhoused and housing insecure members of our community, and to ensure a safe and responsible recovery from COVID-19."
A total of 156,038 votes have been counted in Monterey County, and Askew is leading 17,544 to 15,585.
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