In the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District, there were two seats up for reelection this year, and early vote returns show the incumbents, Sanjay Dave and Phil Faillace, held a narrow edge over challenger Laura Teksler.
As of 9 a.m. on Nov. 4, Dave had 16,208 votes, Faillace had 15,707 votes; and Teksler had 14,337 votes.
Santa Clara County reported that 50.9% of the 1.02 million registered voters in the county, or 518,280 ballots had been cast. The county reported that it had counted about 58% of the ballots.
The two winning candidates will face a number of challenges over the next four years, including figuring how to safely reopen the district's high schools during the COVID-19 pandemic; how to plan for significant future growth in Mountain View's population; and how to address demands by students, alumni and faculty about how to address racial equity issues district-wide.
If elected, this would be Dave's second term on the district board. He works in the semiconductor field and has been involved with the Mountain View Rotary Club, Hope's Corner, the Los Altos Community Foundation and on a scholarship committee for the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
Faillace has served on the board since 1996 and is the board chair at CHAC, the Community Health Awareness Council. He served for 13 years on the board of the Los Altos School District and was a founder of the Los Altos Educational Foundation.
Teksler is co-chair of the Los Altos Community Foundation, where she has been involved with grant-making work, and vice chair of the Los Altos Environmental Commission, and has served on the board of Acterra. She has also volunteered with GreenTown Los Altos and on a bond oversight advisory board for the Los Altos School District.
In the last few weeks leading up to the election, between Sept. 20 and Oct. 17, Faillace raised the most among the three candidates with $4,195, and spent $5,993, according to recent campaign finance reports. Overall, this year he raised $5,487 and made a personal loan to his campaign of $3,500, which, with a $240 non-monetary contribution received, gave him $9,227 in total contributions for the year. He has spent $6,331 this year.
Top contributors included Stephanie Dauer of Los Altos ($999), John Panzer of Mountain View ($560), So Yong Park of Los Altos ($500), Virginia Lear of Los Altos ($200), Julia Rosenberg of Los Altos ($100) and Marge Bruno of Los Altos ($100).
Dave filed paperwork indicating he did not plan to raise more than $2,000 in August, relieving him from filing detailed reports.
Teksler reported raising $500 between Sept. 20 and Oct. 17 and spending $1,585. Overall this year she raised $3,108 and spent $2,692. The $500 came from just one contributor, Maria Bautista of Los Altos.