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City council election too close to call

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Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 5:00 am

Due to a large number of write-in votes cast in the Titusville City Council primary election, The Herald is currently unable to call a winner in the races.

Voting tapes provided to The Herald by each of Titusville’s seven voting precincts do not list the number of votes received by each write-in candidate, only a lump sum of write-in votes made. Due to the high number of write-in votes cast, it is unclear who has claimed victory.

Based on The Herald’s unofficial county, there were 611 write-in votes in the Republican race, and 554 in the Democratic race. The Republican total eclipses any of the totals received by any of the balloted Republican candidates, it is unknown how many candidates those 611 votes are divided up amongst.

In terms of candidates on the ballot, newcomer Jayla Pertz claimed the most number of votes, at 229. Pertz received the greatest amount of support from Titusville’s second ward, first district, receiving 60 in total.

In second place was Deputy Mayor Bill Adelman, who totaled 205 votes. Similar to Pertz, Adelman received the most amount of votes in the second ward, first district, which cast 56 votes in his favor.

Incumbent Heather Leonardi received 168 votes total, while challenger James Elliott got 113. Elliott was the only candidate not to receive the most support from the second ward, first district. His large pool of votes came from the first ward, first district, at 29 total.

As there are three open spots on the Republican ballot, The Herald’s unofficial tally indicates that Elliott will not make it to the general election on the party’s ticket. However, due to the write-in amount not being clear at present time, it is unknown if Pertz, Leonardi and Adelman will make it to the ballot either.

The total possible number of candidates who could move on to the general election six. Depending on how the write-in numbers come to, there could be three Republican candidates and three Democratic candidates.

The Herald will publish updates on the Titusville City Council as they are made available. Ballots will go to Crawford County Voters Services for officially counting.

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  • Noahs Bark posted at 6:12 pm on Fri, May 24, 2019.

    Noahs Bark Posts: 81

    I’m glad to see so many people turned out to exercise their constitutional right to vote. It’s too bad that it takes an unpopular group of candidates for this to happen.

  • Jahoba posted at 7:53 pm on Wed, May 22, 2019.

    Jahoba Posts: 194

    This pleases me. This is a big “you suck” to the incumbents. With a capital F. This is what happens when you don’t do what you were elected to do. You had one job and you blew it. For shame.


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