JAMESTOWN – After counting absentee and affidavit ballots for a city council election, the official outcome of the race has yet to be declared.
On Monday, members of the Chautauqua County Board of Elections hand counted absentee, affidavit and unscanned ballots for the Jamestown City Council Ward One and Ward Three races.
In the Ward One Race, it was confirmed that Republican Brent Sheldon defeated Democrat Tara Hall by a final tally of 356 to 344 – a margin of just 12 votes.
However, in the Ward Three Race, 14 ballots were objected to and set aside for three days. The ballots will be counted again on Friday, barring any judicial action. Currently in that race – following the counting of absentee and affidavit ballots – Republican Tamara Dickey leads Democrat Regina Brackman by just four votes – with a tally of 225-221.
The only other close race from Election night took place in the town of Gerry Highway Superintendent Race. There, Republican Brian Anderson, the election night leader, has been declared the unofficial winner over incumbent Highway Superintendent Mark Risley. The final vote tally was 331-308.