Some San Luis Obispo County ballots still need tallying

The county Clerk-Recorder’s Office will resume counting the remaining ballots from last week’s election Wednesday, starting with the ballots cast in the cities of Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo, where both mayoral races remain close.

At Friday’s last tally of vote-by-mail ballots, former Morro Bay Mayor Bill Yates remained in the lead over City Councilwoman Betty Winholtz, but by just 57 votes.

In San Luis Obispo, City Councilwoman Jan Marx had widened her lead for mayor to 298 votes Friday over former City Councilman Paul Brown.

Brown conceded the election to Marx on Friday night, stating in an e-mail to The Tribune on Saturday, “I called Jan and told her that at this point, it looks like she has won, and wished her well.”

Marx said Monday that she would not call it a victory until the final ballots had been counted.

Brown acknowledged that it would be unlikely that votes would turn around in his favor, but that if they did, he would still serve as mayor if elected.

But, “my life is going in a different direction because I’m likely not going to win,” he said Monday.

County Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald said Brown would need 60 percent of the remaining 1,758 ballots to overtake Marx’s lead.

Other remaining close races include the San Luis Coastal School board, with Jim Quesenberry and incumbent Kathryn Eisendrath Rogers separated by 93 votes.

And in the race for the third seat on the Shandon Joint Unified School District board, only three votes separate Ester Garcia and Michael Wimmer.