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Joan Hartmann was the top vote-getter Tuesday night among the five candidates vying for the Third District seat on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors.

Bruce Porter started out ahead with vote-by-mail results, but after polling results came in, Hartmann took a sizeable lead with 42.8 percent of the vote to Porter’s 35.5 percent, with 100 precincts reporting, according to the county Elections Office.

The two will face off in a runoff in November.

Bob Field, Jay Freeman, Joan Hartmann, Karen Jones and Bruce Porter are running for the Board of Supervisors seat, currently represented by Doreen Farr, which stretches from Isla Vista and Goleta in the south, up to the Santa Ynez Valley to the north and Vandenberg Village to the west.

Freeman was third with 11.2 percent of the vote, well ahead of Jones, with 5.6 percent, and Field who had 4.6 percent.

Since it’s a field of five, a candidate would need a majority of votes – 50 percent plus one – to win the seat outright in June, so the race will go to the November election.

“I’m delighted, I’m happy,” Hartmann said as results came in Tuesday night. She spent part of the night at Benchmark Eatery in Santa Barbara, where the Democratic Party candidates had an Election Night party.

“I expect we’ll be going to November and I’m ready – and I’m going to win in November.”

By Giana Magnoli, Noozhawk Managing Editor, June 7, 2016 

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