The December 2 update by the Contra Costa County Elections Office for the November 8 election shows that Sean Wright has a 58-vote lead over Wade Harper.
The results, released at 6:47 pm show Wright collected a total of 11,434 (34.42%) to Harpers 11,376 (34.20%). Wright is being named the winner.
The 5:22 pm original release showed Wright had a 71-vote lead. However, County elections was forced to issue another update because they were not done counting.
Sean Wright was not ready to claim victory yet on Friday calling the process stressful.
“Tonight has been a stressful night watching the results, I am excited to serve Antioch should the vote hold up in my favor,” said Wright. “This really proves when you go to the ballot that every vote counts and I am excited for the final tally to be completed and begin serving the people of Antioch.”
Although confident, Wright says he will make a more formal statement once the results are more finalized as they are still very much fluid.
In third place, Lori Ogorchock collected 7,193 votes (21.63%) followed by Gil Murillo at 3,157 votes (9.50%).
Harper stated Friday that he called Wright shortly after the results to congratulate him on the win and conceded the race. Harper said he wishes Wright the best and will not challenge the results.
“This is a community service position. I am serving the community and I will not be challenging the results. I had the honor of serving the community 8-years between the Mayors seat, the City Council and school board,” said Harper. “I wish Sean Wright the best and will assist him in anyway possible to help him be successful during this transition.”
Thorpe & Wilson Set for City Council
In the Antioch city council race, Lamar Thorpe continues to increase his lead as he has collected 13,369 votes (27.22%) and it appears he will become the new Mayor Pro Tem with Monica Wilson retaining her seat.
Wilson (23.60%) has a comfortable 1,324 lead over Mary Rocha (20.90%).
The rest of the council field includes Ken Turnage II who is fourth with 8,086 (16.46%). Followed by Karl Dietzel with 2,946 votes (6.00%) and Fred Rouse 5.58% (2,743)
Elections Office to Issue 7:00 pm Update
According to County Elections because of the unexpected number of provisional ballots that needed duplication, these are not the final unofficial results. They will be posting another results update that includes the majority of the remaining results for Antioch around 7 pm tonight.
Editors Note – Originally we called the race prior to knowing the County would issue additional results specific to Antioch.
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