Voters kept experienced hands at the heads of the auditor-controller and clerk- recorder offices, according to unofficial election results.
With 21,953 votes, or 64.8 percent, Assistant Auditor-Controller Lauren Parrill Klein won the race for Stanislaus County auditor-controller in Tuesday's primary, with 85 percent of precincts reporting.
Chief Financial Officer at Community Hospice Rick Dahlseid tallied 11,703 votes, or 34.5 percent.
"I was expecting to have a lead because of my experience and the endorsements I had," said Parrill Klein, who was watching election results online Tuesday night.
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The department's duties include disbursing payments, auditing county operations and providing financial information to the county's 27 departments.
Parrill Klein, 54, has worked for the auditor- controller's office for more than four years and recently was promoted to the No. 2 position there. She spent 10 years with Bay Area accounting firms.
Lee Lundrigan, 57, easily won her third term as clerk-recorder, which manages elections and vital records from birth and death certificates to property records and marriage licenses.
With 28,636 votes, or 78.2 percent, Lundrigan cruised to victory over Terry Harwell, a longtime title insurance provider.
Four other nonpartisan Stanislaus County races were decided Tuesday night because no candidate had an opponent:
Assessor, Dave Cogdill -- after deciding against running for re-election to his state Senate seat, the Modesto resident now will head the office, which is responsible for assessing county land values.
District attorney, Birgit Fladager -- the top prosecutor in Stanislaus County, Fladager won a second term Tuesday.
Superintendent of schools, Tom Changnon -- one of the first officials to announce his re-election bid last year -- was re-elected and will serve a second term leading the county Office of Education.
Treasurer-tax collector Gordon Ford, who was appointed to the office in 2005 and elected in 2006, also won re-election Tuesday night.
Bee staff writer Michelle Hatfield can be reached at email@example.com or 578-2339.