By Jim Walsh | East Valley Tribune
Against the backdrop of thousands of uncounted ballots at the county Recorder’s Office, the races to fill two seats on the Mesa City Council could not be closer in early voting results.
At press time Friday and with 345,000 ballots yet to be counted countywide, Jen Duff was clinging to a 289-vote lead in District Four over Jake Brown, and Francisco Heredia was leading by 211 votes over Mark Yarbrough in District Three.
With a much anticipated update on Thursday afternoon, Duff’s lead grew slightly to 289 votes, with Duff garnering 3,745 votes compared with Brown’s 3,456.
The delay in release of election results left the candidates waiting for days to learn their fates.
It was unclear when a final tally would be available – and it is unknown how many of those uncounted ballots even involve Mesa.