Politics & Government

Winner of second Morro Bay City Council seat still not clear

Morro Bay City Council member John Headding has announced his intent to run for mayor in the November 2018.
Morro Bay City Council member John Headding has announced his intent to run for mayor in the November 2018. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

UPDATE 2 p.m.: The county Clerk-Recorder’s office has announced that 841 ballots remain to be counted in Morro Bay. That includes 732 vote-by-mail ballots, 91 provisional ballots and 18 non-processed ballots.

Original story: In the Morro Bay City Council race, John Headding will find out later this week whether he’ll need to run in November or if he has won a seat.

Headding captured 49.8 percent of Tuesday's primary vote in a council race in which three candidates vied for two seats.

A candidate needs 50 percent of the vote or faces a runoff in the Nov. 4 general election.

Julie Rodewald, San Luis Obispo County’s clerk-recorder, said Wednesday that about 100 provisional ballots and additional mail-in ballots haven’t yet been processed in the Morro Bay race.

Rodewald said the office expects the votes to be counted Friday, which would decide whether Headding eclipses the 50 percent mark or falls just short.

Matt Makowetski secured a council seat with 60 percent of the vote; incumbent Nancy Johnson trailed in third with 36 percent of the vote.

The percentages add up to more than 100 percent because voters chose two candidates.

In the Morro Bay mayoral race, incumbent Jamie Irons was re-elected with 57 percent of the vote while challenger Carla Wixom garnered 43 percent.

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