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Barco has thin lead over Gill with third of precincts reporting // SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS

Democrat Sybil Barco held a razor-thin lead over Republican Susan Gill in early returns Tuesday in the race for Supervisor of Elections.

With just a third of the county's 30 precincts reporting, Barco held a 1 percent lead over Gill at press time.

Both women are trying to succeed Wilma Anderson, who is retiring after 30 years in office. Barco, 50, has worked for Anderson for 19 years.

For the past 10 years, Barco has been the assistant supervisor and qualifying officer.

Her campaign hit strongly on her experience in the job, and she said that an update of the present punch-card voting system was all that was needed to improve it.

Gill, 47, a Republican with no prior political experience, had campaigned practically full time for the past year. Active in many civic organizations, Gill promised changes in the office, and said she was investigating new optic scanner voting machines.

The supervisor of elections serves a four-year term and is paid $69,068 a year.