Stephens Closes The Gap!
Silly me! I though Neal Kelley might give his great team some time off for the 3-day weekend, but no - his crew worked again today and gave us an update on the election results shortly after 5:00 p.m.
Sandy Genis gained 1,120 votes and widened her gap over Steve Mensinger to 1,355 votes. Mensinger remains well ahead of Gary Monahan by 264 votes. Monahan gained 660 votes, however lost ground to John Stephens, who gained 965 votes and is now only 190 behind him for that critical third seat. There are only 4,757 ballots remaining to be counted. Colin McCarthy is 284 votes behind Stephens. Harold Weitzberg, Al Melone and James Rader continue to trail the field.
The gap between the incumbents, Jim Ferryman and Art Perry and the two contenders, Don Harper and Jeff Mathews, continues to widen with 5,086 votes left to count.
The results of the MCWD races are virtually final now. With only 741 votes remaining to count Fred Bockmiller has soundly trounced Eric Bever. With 811 votes remaining to be counted, Jim Fisler is well ahead of Dan Worthington. Even though there remains 1,005 votes to be counted, it appears that Ethan Temianka will beat incumbent Trudy Ohlig-Hall.
THIRD CM COUNCIL RACE UP FOR GRABS!
It's impossible to predict what will happen in the Costa Mesa City Council race until the last vote is counted and the Registrar certifies the race. With Stephens gobbling up a third of his deficit behind Monahan in one day of counting, and with more than 4700 votes remaining, you just have to say that race is up for grabs now.