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Princeton student, 20, pulls closer in La Cañada school board race

November 17, 2011 |  8:36 am

A 20-year-old Princeton University vying to become the youngest school board member in La Cañada Unified since it was formed 50 years ago has pulled within two votes of tying a three-term incumbent.

The latest vote tally posted on Wednesday shows that Jeanne Broberg's lead over Andrew Blumenfeld has shrunk to a two-vote margin in the hotly contested school board race, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder.

There is less than a week remaining until results are certified.

Blumenfeld, who returned to school the day after the election, said that he and representatives from his campaign are closely monitoring the ongoing count, the La Cañada Valley Sun reported.

"I think I am pretty calm about it, mostly because I could not be more thrilled with the success of the campaign and about our ability to generate conversation and excitement about these important issues," he said.

Any voter has five days following the certification of the election results to request a recount, which would take place Nov. 29 through Dec. 3. The winners of the election are tentatively scheduled to be sworn into office at the La Cañada Unified school board meeting on Dec. 6.

Blumenfeld said his campaign probably would be able to pay for a recount — which comes with a minimum price tag of $3,936 per day — if the official count doesn't go his way.

"I am still willing to explore that possibility," he said. "The cost is certainly a factor, but I don't think it will be the determining one."

When unofficial results were first posted on Nov. 9, Blumenfeld trailed Broberg by 12 votes. That  increased to 14 votes in an updated tally released two days later, only to shrink back down to a dozen votes Monday.

Broberg has said that she is eager to return for a fourth term and get to work on likely mid-year cuts to the La Cañada Unified budget.

"I, as everyone, am anxiously awaiting final results," she said in an email this week.

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-- Megan O'Neil, Times Community News

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