Early returns late Tuesday night show Jimmy Dutra ahead of his two opponents, with 47% of the vote, while Felipe Hernandez trails with 34% in the race for the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors District 4 seat.
Ed Acosta, meanwhile, is in third with 14%.
Dutra and Hernandez are separated by 218 votes, according to results posted at 8:20pm.
District 4 covers much of unincorporated Watsonville, and parts of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Hernandez, Acosta and Dutra are running for the seat currently occupied by Greg Caput. The top two vote-getters will advance to the November election.