By an overwhelming margin, Palo Alto resident Grace Mah won the Santa Clara County Board of Education race, and will once again represent Mountain View.
Ellen Santiago, a Sunnyvale resident and former Graham Middle School teacher, challenged Mah for the open trustee seat for Area 1, which includes Mountain View and Palo Alto. Mah received just over 71 percent of the vote.
Trustees had appointed Mah, a Palo Alto resident, to fill a vacant seat on the board, and she said she ran for reelection because wanted to continue her work at the county level.
"I am thrilled," Mah said on Wednesday morning. "It is great to get gratification from the community that I can go on and do this for another four years."
The board's seven trustees serve four-year terms, during which they approve policies concerning the 260,000 students attending public schools in the county.
During the election, both Mah and Santiago said the budget and achievement gap were important issues facing county students. Now that she has won, Mah said there is a lot of work to be done, especially as the district faces mid-year budget cuts.
She said she will "advocate on behalf of our schools in Sacramento."