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Incumbents largely sweep in Carlsbad elections

CARLSBAD — The mid-term elections did not shake up much in the City Council, with incumbent Mayor Matt Hall running unopposed for his second term.

Mayor Pro Tem Mark Packard and Councilman Michael Schumacher kept their seats.

Thus far, Shumacher has about 41 percent of the vote for his first election. All of the precincts have been counted but some of the mail-in ballots are still being tallied.

In March, Shumacher was appointed to the council to replace Farrah Douglas’ seat after she suddenly resigned citing personal and family commitments. Shumacher was on the Planning Commission for five years and the Design Review Board for three years.

Packard has been on the council since 2002. He has been a local dentist since 1982.

Current City Clerk Barbara Engleson and Treasurer Craig Lindholm both ran unopposed in their positions.

The election for school board candidates was a bit more diverse, with eight candidates running to fill four positions.

Two of the three candidates elected to a four-year term for Carlsbad Unified School District Board of Trustees were incumbents, Claudine Jones and Veronica Williams.

Sage Naumann, a 19-year-old newcomer is trailing close behind Williams. After all the votes from the polls have been counted, Naumann is about 300 votes behind her. He still has a chance with mail-in ballots although he says he’s not too hopeful.

“At this point in time, I’m not expecting to come back,” Naumann said.

He’s been about 300 votes behind since the first tally so he doesn’t think there is any reason for a surge in votes to carry him to a win, although he won’t concede until all the votes have been counted.

Newcomer Kathy Rallings won a four-year term with 19 percent of the vote. She is a teacher consultant and hopes to equip Carlsbad schools with sustainable energy to save money.

Ray Pearson won the two-year term to the CUSD School Board with 57 percent of the vote.

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