November 16, 2012
What doesn't change stays the same, and that's about how it went with a week to count tens of thousands of absentee and provisional ballots over at Monterey County Elections.
Updated vote counts released Friday night showed the closest margins in key Peninsula races—the District 5 county supervisor race between incumbent Dave Potter and challenger Marc Del Piero; the contest for Seaside mayor between former mayor Ralph Rubio and current mayor Felix Bachofner; and a seat on Marina City Council—held from last week's count.
In Marina, Fort Ord Recreation Users activist Gail Morton beat out incumbent Jim Ford by 27 votes.
In Seaside, Rubio took his seat back with a margin of 211 votes. Bachofner first edged out Rubio by only 21 votes in 2010.
In District 5, Potter maintained a 10-point lead. Del Piero was not immediately reachable for comment after the updated election results were published. Based on last week's numbers, he had not yet conceded.
On his Facebook page, Del Piero thanked his supporters and wrote, "Whatever the result, it has truly been an honor working with you and I will forever be grateful for your support and your vote."