Further ballot counting by county elections officials on Friday meant an unofficial win for Jan Marx in her campaign to be San Luis Obispo’s next mayor.
Marx held on to her 174-vote lead over Paul Brown. Only 10 provisional ballots are left to be counted.
In the Morro Bay mayoral race, Bill Yates had a 68-vote lead over Betty Winholtz, with 31 provisional ballots yet to be counted. Winholtz, however, is considering whether to seek a recount.
County Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald said that her office will need to certify the election results to make them official. That is expected to happen before Thanksgiving.
Marx said Friday that she was “elated” by her unofficial victory and wanted to thank all of her supporters.
“I expected it to be a close race, but I didn’t think it would last 10 days past Nov. 2,” Marx said. “I’m looking forward to doing my very best.”
Marx said that she’ll make an effort to reach out to those who may not have voted for her — including Cal Poly students — considering the close race with Brown and the 10 percent support received by Cal Poly student Andrew Farrell.
Marx said she’ll hold office hours open to the public and plans to meet with former mayors — including Dave Romero, Allen Settle and Ken Schwartz — to learn as much as she can about the job.
She’ll be sworn in Dec. 1. At that time, Marx said, a procedure will be determined to fill her seat on the City Council that she’s vacating to become mayor.
Meanwhile, Winholtz said she is considering asking for a recount due to the closeness of the Morro Bay race.
“It’s a gut feeling I have,” she said. “A lot of people put their trust in me, and I want to make sure I’m really the one who lost.”
Winholtz said she is talking with Rodewald to get the specifics of how to file for a recount and is working with her campaign team. “I’m still evaluating my options at this point,” she said.
She can do nothing until the election is certified by Rodewald.