With more than 97 percent of the vote counted in San Joaquin County, candidates are either looking forward to November or moving on.

With just over 3,000 votes left to count out of the 127,415 cast in the primary election on March 5, the unofficial results have become clear. The top two candidates in each race advance to the general election, unless one candidate has 50% plus a vote.

Some of the tight races were decided in this week’s updates. Waqar Rizvi held on to best former Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva and grabbed the final qualifying spot in the Stockton City Council District 2 race. Mariela Ponce finished first at 38.36% (1,683 votes), followed by Rivzi at 24.51% (1,078) and Silva with 22.28% (980).

Lilliana Udang, who trailed after the first few counts. Pulled ahead and stayed there to secure second place in the SJ County Supervisor District 1 primary behind Stockton firefighter Mario Gardia (41.87%, 5,528). Udang, the district director for California State Sen. Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), has 19% (2,508) to 18.16% (2,398) for Chris Rouppet, the chief of staff for incumbent Supervisor Miguel Villapudua.

“While there is still a small number of ballots left to be counted, based on current trends, I am confident that I will be advancing to the general election this November,” Udang said. “I would like to thank my opponents for such a close, well-fought race. I have nothing but respect for the time and effort put into your campaigns. We may have differences of opinion when it comes to policy, but we all share a passion for making San Joaquin County a better home for everyone.”

The final statements were tougher for some of the competitors.

Stockton City Councilman Dan Wright, running third in the mayor’s race behind San Joaquin County Supervisor Tom Patti and former Vice Mayor Christina Fugazi, announced his concession on his Facebook page.

“The March 2024 primary results are all but official, and it is clear my campaign for mayor will not be moving on to November. The people are never wrong and I accept their decision,” Wright wrote. “I am humbled by all those who chose me to lead this city.”

He added, “It has been an honor to serve our city as a councilmember, and I will continue to do so until January when my ten years of service conclude. There is much important work we have to complete between now and then.”

Patti (34.40%, 13,373) led the primary, followed by Fugazi (22.66%, 8,808). Wright (18.73%, 7,280), Jesus Andrade (13.36%, 5,196), Jessica Velez (7.73%, 3,004) and Shakeel Ahmad (3.13%, 1,218).

In the other city races, Mario Enriquez and Gina Valadez-Bracamonte advance in City Council District 4, and Jason Lee and incumbent Kimberly Warmsley go to the general election in District 6.

Only one candidate in the county managed to avoid a runoff in November. Robert Rickman, the incumbent county supervisor in District 5, garnered 55.4% (14,588) and was reelected to a second term. In District 3, Lathrop Mayor Sonny Dhaliwal (44.37% and former Manteca Mayor Steve DeBrum (40.14%, 10,171) advanced.

Peter Devencenzi (52.11%, 54,787) has defeated Caitlin Mujica Casey (47.89%, 50,355) to win Superior Court Office No. 1 post.

For full results go to the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters' website.

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