One city council seat and five new Cordova Community Medical Center Hospital Authority Board seats remained partly undecided March 7, during the preliminary vote count for the city of Cordova election.
Turnout at the polls was slim, with just about one-fifth, or 386, of Cordova’s 1,907 registered voters casting ballots.
Sixty ballots remain to be counted March 15, including absentee, mail-out, and questioned ballots.
Deputy City Clerk Tina Hammer said the final numbers would be tallied March 15, and the election certified at noon on March 16.
Candidate Kenneth Byron Jones was leading for city council seat B, with 182 votes. His strongest competitor, RJ Kopchak, was close behind with 161 votes. Candidate Michael “Van” Schumm, who told The Cordova Times via email Feb. 27, that he was withdrawing from the race, received 25 votes.
In a contest for city council seat C, Jeff Guard received 226 votes and Enrico Venzon had 101 votes. With just 60 votes remaining to be counted, Guard was forecasted as the winner of seat B.
City council seats B and C are both three-year terms.
Incumbent Cordova School Board candidate Sheryl Glasen, who ran uncontested, received 356 votes for her three-year seat.
The CCMC Authority Board’s five seats are determined by the order of most votes received, and will seat one, three-year term; two, two-year terms; and two, one-year terms.
CCMC Authority Board candidate Kristin Carpenter currently holds the lead with 306 votes, followed by Sally Bennett, 281 votes; April Horton, 272 votes; Dorne Hawxhurst, 263 votes; and John Harvill, 218 votes.
City Clerk Susan Bourgeois released the preliminary election results late on election night, after the polls closed at the Cordova Center.
The 60 ballots remaining to be counted include five questioned ballots, which will be sent to the state’s election board for a final determination to see if they’ll count in the election, Hammer said.
Seawan Gehlbach, Cathy Pegau, Ann Schultz, Sue Shellhorn, Ruth Steele, Tina Hammer, Susan Bourgeois, and election chair Diana Rubio, served as the election board for this election.
Preliminary Election Results, March 7
CITY COUNCIL – 2 SEATS
City Council Seat B, three-year term:
Kenneth Byron Jones, 182 votes;
RJ Kopchak, 161 votes;
Michael “Van” Schumm, 25 votes.
City Council Seat C, three-year term:
Jeff Guard, 226 votes;
Enrico Venzon, 101 votes.
CORDOVA SCHOOL BOARD
Cordova School Board, One three-year term:
Sheryl Glasen, 356 votes.
CCMC AUTHORITY BOARD – 5 SEATS
One, three-year term; two, two-year terms, and two, one-year terms
Kristin Carpenter, 306 votes;
Sally Bennett, 281 votes;
April Horton, 272 votes;
Dorne Hawxhurst, 263 votes;
John Harvill, 218 votes.