One incumbent and one challenger are leading in early results for two College of the Desert Board of Trustees seats in a race that has seen unusually high campaign spending.

Early returns in Trustee Area 1 showed board chair Ruben Perez, a first-term trustee and fieldworker for Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, leading with a substantial margin over Larissa Chavez Chaidez, a former student trustee at COD and current CSUSB student. With 10 of 40 precincts reporting, Perez was leading with 2,012 votes (60.8%) to 1,297 votes for Chavez Chaidez (39.2%). Trustee Area 1 represents the east valley. 

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