JAMESTOWN – It appears at least one Republican will be added to the Jamestown City Council, and possibly even two.
In the city council’s Ward I race, Republican Brent Sheldon currently leads Tara Hall with an unofficial tally 328 to 300. While several absentee ballots are still left to be counted, Sheldon told WRFA on Election Night that he is confident he won the seat, considering several of the outstanding absentee and affidavit ballots come from a senior living center in the district, where residents tend to lean toward voting Republican.
Meanwhile, in the Ward III seat, Tamara Dickey leads Regina Brackman by just three votes – 208 to 205. That race is too close to call at this point and will rely on absentee ballots, which will be opened on Nov. 18.
In the only other contested race, Democrat Marie Carrubba defeated Republican Richard Elardo 587 to 417.
The city council also had six members who were running unopposed. They were:
- Ward II: Tony Dolce (R,C,I)
- Ward V: Maria Jones (D)
- Ward VI: Paul Whitford (D,WF,I)
- At Large: Kimberly Ecklund (R,C,I)
- At Large: Gregory Rabb (D,WF,I)
- At Large: George Spitale (D,WF,I)