Challenger Jeff Zellner cut incumbent Moorhead’s lead in half for the last seat up for grabs on the Manteca City Council after all of the votes cast at polling places were counted Wednesday.
Moorhead now leads Zellner 5,575 to 5,465 votes for a 110 vote lead. Moorhead is seeking a third term while this is Zellner’s first council bid.
There are still in excess of 75,000 provisional and absentee ballots in San Joaquin County that elections workers still have to verify signatures and count. Of those as many as 20,000 may be in the South County area.
Elections officials expect the next count update within a week. The final uncertified count is expected in two weeks.
Ben Cantu — who is holding on to fourth with 3,716 votes — is considered to be too far back to be in contention for the second seat on the council.
Gary Singh at 6,674 votes as of Wednesday secured one of the two seats. He increased his lead over Moorhead by 542 votes after the initial round of counting on election night.
The heavy number of mail-in ballots remaining to be counted means whoever fills the second seat will have a little over a week before the start of the new council term at the Dec. 6 meeting. After the vote is canvassed and accepted and the council members given the oath of office they will have to deal with proposed garbage rates increased that are scheduled for a public hearing the night.
Rounding out the council field with 2,219 votes is David Cushman followed by Eric Hayes with 1,541 votes as of Wednesday.
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