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Sterling, Alessio Showing Early Strength
LA MESA -- The first returns in the 2012 election -- the mail in and absentee ballots -- showed incumbent Ruth Sterling leading the La Mesa City Council race with Kristine Alessio in second place and Shannon O'Dunn running a close third.
The top two vote getters will win four year terms on the council.
While these votes represent only 13 percent of the total votes, traditionally these absentee votes are a good indicator of trends for the overall electorate.
Early returns also had incumbents Bill Baber and Emma Turner leading challenger Jay Steiger with 24 percent of the votes counted for the two seats on the La Mesa Spring Valley School District Board.
With 33 percent of the vote in, Priscilla Schreiber, Gary Woods and Jim Stieringer were leading the field in the Grossmont Union High School Board with Woods and Stieringer in a virtual tie and were leading student Zach Miller by more than 5 points.
Complete returns in all races are expected to be counted by 3:30 a.m.