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Diane Papan, Giselle Hale to face off in November runoff for AD 21

“I feel grateful,” she said. “I never ended a day on this campaign without gratitude for the lengths so many people in the community were going to to ensure we won.”
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Candidates for AD 21

With only challenged ballots left to count, Redwood City Mayor Giselle Hale is poised to face Democrat Diane Papan in the November election for California State Assembly.

Tuesday’s numbers show Hale in second place after Papan, with a 337-vote lead over Republican Mark Gilham in the race for the District 21 seat.

“I feel grateful,” Hale told the Pulse. “I never ended a day on this campaign without gratitude for the lengths so many people in the community were going to to ensure we won.”

Hale also took to Twitter, writing: “That's a wrap on the primary! To summarize: grassroots ground game defeats big special interests. See you on the November ballot.”

Gilham, however, told the Pulse he was still waiting for results to come in. 

“There are still votes to count and more votes to recount,” he told the Pulse over text.

Hale, who has served as Redwood City’s mayor since she was sworn in with a unanimous vote in December, would have been up for reelection this fall. 

Asked about the inevitable end of her tenure on city council, Hale said: “I’m very proud of my now eight years of service to Redwood City and I look forward to continuing to serve our residents as their next Assembly woman.”

The top two vote-getters, regardless of political party, will face off in the November 8 election.




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