Nancy Johnson concedes Morro Bay council race
June 16, 2014
The city of Morro Bay no longer needs to pick a winner or non-winner in the race for its final council seat. [Tribune]
Incumbent Councilwoman Nancy Johnson said Sunday that she is conceding the election to challenger John Headding. Johnson said her decision would spare the city money and unnecessary political deviousness.
“Knowing the dire financial situation and the deviousness in our local politics, I feel putting the community through the costs associated with re-calculating the votes in this election and an unnecessary runoff in November would add to ongoing challenges,” Johnson stated in an email announcing her decision.
After county elections officials finished their counting process, Headding, the owner of a Morro Bay pharmacy, tallied votes on 49.09 percent of ballots. Johnson received votes on 36.6 percent of ballots.
Obtaining a majority is necessary in the primary in order to bypass a runoff election.
But, 123 Morro Bay voters left the city council section of their ballots blank. If the city were not to count the blanks in the council race, Headding would have won the election.
Prior to Johnson’s concession, the county clerk’s office informed the city of Morro Bay that it would have to determine whether Headding won a seat on the council or whether a November runoff would decide the election.