Vote count complete in SLO County but Morro Bay council race undecided
June 13, 2014
San Luis Obispo county elections officials have counted all of the votes cast in the 2014 primary election, but the results of the Morro Bay city council race are still unclear.
Newcomers Matt Makowetski and John Headding finished first and second in the three-person race that included incumbent Nancy Johnson. Makowetski received votes on 60.10 percent of ballots. Since a majority voted for Makowetski, he earned a seat on the council
Headding tallied votes on 49.09 percent of ballots. However, 123 voters left the city council section of their ballots blank. If the blank council ballots are not counted in the Morro Bay race, Makowetski, too, will have received a majority and earned a seat on the council.
Assistant county clerk –recorder Tommy Gong said it is up to the city of Morro Bay to determine if Makowetski received a majority vote. The city has until July 1 to decide, Gong said.
If Morro Bay opts to count the blank council ballots and Makowetski’s tally stays at 49.09 percent, a runoff will ensue between Johnson and Makowetski. Johnson received votes on 36.6 percent of ballots in the primary.
Voters in San Luis Obispo County will also decide two other elections in November runoffs. Incumbent District 4 Supervisor Caren Ray will face challenger Lynn Compton, and Gong is in a runoff for county clerk-recorder against deputy clerk-recorder Amanda King.
The spread between Ray and Compton increased upon completion of the final vote count. A week ago, Compton had received 46.66 percent of the vote while Ray had received 42.34 percent. After the final vote count, Compton’s tally increased to 47.34 percent and Ray’s decreased to 41.71 percent.
Mike Byrd, the third candidate in the fourth district race, received a total of 10.80 percent of the vote.
In the clerk-recorder’s race, Gong’s final tally was 45.78 percent. King received 43.23 percent of the vote.
Other noteworthy races included the district attorney and district 4 supervisor elections. Deputy District Attorney Dan Dow defeated Assistant District Attorney Tim Covello. Dow received a final tally of 53.83 percent, and Covello’s final total was 43.71 percent.
District 4 Supervisor Bruce Gibson won election with 66.04 percent of the vote. Challenger Muril Clift only garnered 33.60 percent.
In addition to the Morro Bay council race, the 24th U.S. Congressional District election remains undecided. Republicans Chris Mitchum and Justin Fareed are currently separated by 612 votes.
Mitchum has received 15.8 percent of the vote, and Fareed has received 15.4 percent, but elections officials have not yet finalized the race. The winner will enter a November runoff with Congresswoman Lois Capps, who received 43.7 percent of the primary vote.