MERCED Two incumbents in Merced County Board of Supervisors races led in their elections, but one of them, John Pedrozo, could face a runoff if Tuesday's unofficial election results don't change.
Though some absentee votes need to be counted, numbers had District 1 Supervisor Pedrozo leading his race with 49.2 percent of the vote, and District 2 incumbent Supervisor Hub Walsh beating challenger Casey Steed with 61.2 percent of the vote.
Jim Pacheco, a sergeant with the Merced County Sheriff's Department, had 31.3 percent of the vote and is among the three candidates challenging Pedrozo for his District 1 spot.
If none of the candidates gets more than 50 percent of the vote, the race will be decided during a runoff election in November between the top two vote-getters.
Substitute teacher Peggi Gioletti garnered 12.4 percent of the vote, while former Livingston Mayor Daniel Varela Sr. got only 6.9 percent, according to Tuesday's initial results.
In the District 2 race, Walsh said he was "relieved and humbled" when the early numbers came in, showing he had a strong lead over Steed.
Steed, who got 38.2 percent of the vote in the two-man race, said he knew it would be a tough race because Walsh has been involved in local politics for so many years, but congratulated him on his victory.
Residents in District 4 will hold on to Supervisor Deidre Kelsey, a 17-year veteran of the board who ran unopposed this year. She ended the night with 95.8 percent of the vote.