Unofficial election results on Wednesday show Steven Ding leading a contest for the District 4 seat on the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors.
Ding currently has 52 percent and Steve Colangelo 48 percent in the Nov. 8 race to replace board chairman Chuck Winn, whose term ends in January.
The results are unofficial and no information was available Wednesday from the county registrar’s office on how many votes remain uncounted.
The board of supervisors District 4 includes cities such as Lodi, Woodbridge, Thornton, Lindon and Lockeford.
Both candidates said that if elected they want to address the issue of homelessness in the county. The 2022 Point-in-Time Count, an attempt to track the number of sheltered homeless and unsheltered people living in the county, showed that Lodi’s homeless population has increased by 50 percent.
“Next, for those who are willing, we must move people out of the tent cities along our waterways, freeway underpasses and street corners into appropriate housing and shelters,” Colangelo said on his campaign page. “Those who are unwilling to accept help must no longer be allowed to remain in such tent cities.”
Ding said on his campaign page that he wants to attempt to fix the homeless crisis by putting up enough safe shelters so that people aren’t forced to sleep on the street.
Victoria Franco is a reporter based in Stockton covering San Joaquin County for Bay City News Foundation and its nonprofit news site Local News Matters. She is a Report for America corps member.