Clarification: An earlier version of this story misstated the results of the Arroyo Grande mayor's race. A write-in candidate has received 48.2 percent of the vote as of Thursday, but the county Clerk-Recorder's Office has not yet verified that all of those ballots went to write-in candidate Jim Hill. The tally of the write-in votes will take place after the remaining ballots are counted.
More than 9,000 ballots from Tuesday’s general election were counted Thursday, changing the unofficial results in a few races in close local contests — but the final outcome is far from guaranteed.
With 15,802 ballots left to count, contenders in some undecided contests likely won’t know whether they won seats until next week, at the earliest. Counting resumes in the Clerk-Recorder’s Office on Friday at 8 a.m.
Close races to watch include Arroyo Grande’s mayoral seat, where the number of write-in votes has risen and sliced incumbent Tony Ferrara's lead in half. Jim Hill qualified as a write-in candidate, but the county clerk-recorder's office has not yet verified that all of the write-in ballots went to Hill.
Before Thursday’s tally, Ferrara and the write-in ballots were separated by 386 votes.
Ferrara currently has 51.8 percent of the vote, with 1,439 ballots left to be counted.
In Grover Beach, Measure K, the $48 million bond measure for street rehabilitation, is now passing with 66.9 percent of voters in favor (it needs a two-thirds vote to pass). There are 782 ballots left to count.
In Paso Robles, Mayor Duane Picanco, who is running for a council seat, has slipped to fourth place in a race for two spots. Councilman John Hamon leads that race with 22 percent of the vote, followed by Jim Reed with 19.9 percent and Pam Avila with 19.8 percent.
Only five votes currently separate Avila and Reed — and eight votes separate Avila from Picanco. There are still 1,360 votes to count.
Finally, in Pismo Beach, Mayor Shelly Higginbotham has widened her lead very slightly, now leading challenger Kevin Kreowski by 21 votes, 50.2 percent to 49.5 percent.
In the race for two council seats, newcomer Sheila Blake still maintains a healthy lead over the three other candidates. Incumbent Mary Ann Reiss and newcomer Marcia Guthrie, who were tied after Tuesday’s election, are now separated by 12 votes, with Reiss in the lead. Councilman Kris Vardas is still in fourth but trails Guthrie by 15 votes.
There are 483 ballots left to count in Pismo Beach.
More results are available at www.slovote.com.