JAMESTOWN – Today is the day some residents in the city of Jamestown will know for certain who their next representative will be on the city council. The Chautauqua County Board of Elections will be hand counting absentees and affidavit ballots for the race of Jamestown City Council – Ward One and Jamestown City Council – Ward Three at 1 p.m. this afternoon in city hall.
In the Ward One race on election night, Republican Brent Sheldon held a double-digit lead over Democrat Tara Hall. The Ward Three race was much closer, with Republican Tamara Dickey holding just a three-vote lead over Democrat Regina Brackman.
Election officials say there were a total of three General Elections within the margin of any outstanding absentee and/or affidavit ballots deciding the winner. The third race involved Gerry Highway Superintendent. Board of election officials will open the ballot for that race at 3 p.m. this afternoon.
Barring any court action, an unofficial winner will be declared and the Board of Elections will then proceed to its certification process of declaring an official winner.
Results will be added to the totals and posted on www.votechautauqua.com.