Jan Marx to become next mayor of San Luis Obispo
November 6, 2010
Paul Brown has conceded to Jan Marx in the close mayoral race in San Luis Obispo [Tribune]
The former city councilman originally posted Friday on Facebook that the absentee ballot counting was not going in his favor. Brown confirmed in an email Saturday that he called Marx Friday night and congratulated her.
“The difference between Jan and I is currently at 298 votes,” Brown said in the email.” “It is highly unlikely there will be a 18 percent swing in my favor in the remaining ballots to be counted.”
Once Marx is sworn in as mayor, she and fellow council members Andrew Carter, John Ashbaugh, and newly-elected Kathy Smith will have to decide how to fill the vacancy created by the election of Marx. Options include calling for a special election or appointing a new council member.
Brown, who previously served one term of the council, urged that recent candidate Dan Carpenter be appointed to the empty seat “out of respect to the voters,” noting that the race between him and returning Councilwoman Kathy Smith was so close, with just 289 votes between them.
Meanwhile, in the Morro Bay mayoral race, Bill Yates maintains a 57-vote lead over Betty Winholtz. Earlier in the week, Yates had led by 89 votes.