One San Rafael City Council candidate crossed the finish line without breaking a sweat.
Another will be gasping for air when they get there.
Incumbent Kate Colin Colin sailed to an easy win with 34.4 percent of
the vote in field of four candidates with all precincts reporting, but an
undetermined number of provisional ballots – possibly in the thousands –
separate Maribeth Bushey Lang (24.8 percent) and Greg Brockbank (23.2
percent) in a race that will determine the second open seat on the council.
“I’m not ceding anything,” Brockbank said by phone.
The latest tally has Lang clinging to a 231-vote lead.
Randy Warren (17.48 percent) placed fourth.
“I’m now 1.6 points
behind and there’s a lot of votes to be counted and it’s going to take three
weeks to count them.”
Brockbank, a former councilman, said in the past provisional ballots have represented about 20 to 30 percent of the vote.
“There could be thousands of them,” he said.
Lang said by phone she wasn’t aware if there were enough provisional ballots to sway the race, but said she wouldn’t claim victory until all the votes were counted.
“Our position is that we are confident with the numbers that have come out so far, we are being respectful of the provisional ballots being counted and we look forward to the final tally, however long it takes.”
Editor’s note: A previous version of this story inaccurately reported that Maribeth Bushey Lang defeated Greg Brockbank for the second open seat on the city council based on the county’s website reporting that 100 percent of precincts had reported. This report did not account for provisional ballots. We regret this error.