MODESTO — Bill Zoslocki and Tony Madrigal were leading in district contests for Modesto City Council, while Jenny Kenoyer was making a serious bid to upset Councilwoman Stephanie Burnside.
Kenoyer, 78, held a 122-vote lead over Burnside in the race to represent District 5 in north central Modesto. She had 52 percent of the vote to 48 percent for Burnside.
Madrigal had 53 percent of the vote in District 2 in west Modesto, followed by Jon Rodriguez with 34 percent and Juan Telles with 12 percent.
In District 4, Zoslocki held a commanding lead with 57 percent. Rickey McGill was in second with 26 percent, Juan Melgoza had 9 percent and Ryan Schambers had 7 percent. The district includes the La Loma area and southeast Modesto.
Incumbents Dave Geer (District 2) and Joe Muratore (District 4) did not seek reelection, opening the door for at least two newcomers on a seven-member council.
Make that three if Kenoyer can hold onto her lead. I think my hard work paid off, said Kenoyer, who tirelessly went door-to-door talking with residents.
Burnside, who defeated the challenger in a three-way race in 2011, raised twice as much money as Kenoyer. But her campaign statements show Burnside spent about half of her $20,000 campaign fund. Burnside did not return calls Tuesday night.
She made no effort to campaign, Kenoyer said. How many people gave me a chance? I walked everywhere. She was never anywhere to be seen.
County election officials said they expect to have 5,000 to 10,000 uncounted ballots to process in the coming days.
Madrigal said he was cautiously optimistic with the incomplete count. I am feeling positive, he said. I am just grateful for all my supporters.
Zoslocki held a sizable lead throughout the evening. It certainly looks hopeful, he said. If Modesto elects me, it is an opportunity to open up discussion about how to improve employment in our city and how we address the problem with crime.
Madrigal, a substitute teacher and interpreter, raised $28,000 for his campaign and promised to work for well-equipped police and fire services, as well as job creation and after-school programs. He supported Measure X, the sales tax to fund public safety and other services.
Madrigal was winning despite his spotty record as a Santa Cruz councilman from 2004 to 2012. According to reports in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, he made lewd comments about a woman during a police ride-along and made offensive comments to a female police officer. He pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor reckless driving charge in 2010 and missed 23 percent of council meetings over a two-year period.
Zoslocki, a former president of the Building Industry Association of Central California, raised $24,500 in campaign cash. He was neutral on Measure X and worked with a Modesto Chamber of Commerce committee that developed a Pathway to Prosperity plan, which called for business parks and major transportation upgrades.
Bee staff writer Ken Carlson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 578-2321.