Updated election results: Paul and Chao victorious, Vaidhyanathan clings to third

Cupertino’s new City Council appears to have taken shape.

According to unofficial results from the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, Mayor Darcy Paul and Liang-Fang Chao appear to have captured seats on the Council, while incumbent Councilwoman Savita Vaidhyanathan is holding onto her reelection bid.

Cupertino voters took to the polls on Nov. 6 and were asked to select three people out of a field of eight candidates to represent them on the City Council.

Preliminary election results show that Paul, the City’s mayor, will be reelected. He easily leads the field with 5,537 votes. Chao, a Cupertino Union School District board member and Better Cupertino supporter, is all but assured to be the Council’s newcomer, as she has 4,914 votes. Vaidhyanathan is holding onto the third and final seat with 4,409 votes.

Trailing the top three is a tight pack consisting of Fremont Union High School District board member Hung Wei, Better Cupertino supporter Jon Willey, and former Cupertino Mayor Orrin Mahoney. Wei, as of Monday morning, was closing in and only 63 votes behind Vaidhyanathan.

Tara Sreekrishnan and Tim Gorsulowsky are a distant seventh and eighth place, respectively.

Winners will join Vice Mayor Rod Sinks and Councilman Steven Scharf on the Council. Barry Chang will term out next month after serving on the Council since 2009.

Also on Election Day, voters easily approved the Fremont Union High School District’s Measure CC, a $275 million bond measure. It needed a 55 percent affirmative vote and received nearly 63 percent, according to the unofficial results.

Results are as of Monday morning and won’t be official until later this month. For the latest, unofficial results from the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, click here.