Vierra, Nimick in front in Templeton school board race

TEMPLETON — Templeton Unified School District Governing Board challenger Matt Vierra and incumbent Jan Nimick received the most votes in Tuesday’s general election.

Vierra, a fire marshall, led the way with 1,650 votes (32.70 percent) and Nimick, who works at Diablo Power Plant, received 1,263 votes (25.03 percent), as of Wednesday mornings report from the San Luis Obispo County elections office.

The top two in the race will be seated in early December once the election is certified.

Not far behind Nimick is fellow incumbent Katrina Merson, who is an insurance agent, with 1,223 votes (24.24 percent). It’s feasible, Merson could overtake Nimick as the count continues to be tallied.

Challenger Barby Lichti Wunsch, who works for GRID Alternatives, received 901 votes (17.86 percent).

There were nine write-in votes.

The county estimates nearly 42,000 vote-by-mail ballots remain to be counted and another 6,222 provisional ballots still to be counted.

As of Wednesday, the county reported 81,663 ballots had been cast, which equates to 47 percent of the county’s registered voters.

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