Redwood City Council candidate Chris Sturken pulled ahead of opponent Margaret Becker Thursday in the race for district 2.
With 929 votes, a slim half-point lead over Becker, who has 918, Sturken said he was feeling “optimistic.”
“I did think it would be close, but the fact that we have stayed exactly two votes apart for two straight days is amazing,” he told the Pulse in a text before Wednesday's results.
With such a narrow margin, Becker said she thought the odds were “pretty even” between her and her opponent.
“It is stressful but I’m trying to stay optimistic,” she said, adding that it was a waiting game at this point. “There was quite a bit stacked against me in this race so I feel really good that our grassroots campaign put me in the lead, even if by so little. I like to think it shows that people value public service and the years I’ve put in dedicated to Redwood City.”
Sturken, planning commissioner and LGBTQ commissioner, has been slowly catching up to Becker, chair of the Housing and Human Concerns Committee, who came out on Election Night with a slight lead.
Ballots have been counted for roughly 43% of the district’s 5,363 registered voters, but it’s unclear how many have yet to be processed.
As of late Wednesday, the countywide voter turnout is hovering at 51.6%. The county elections division has processed 223,399 ballots, with an estimated 28,000 left to count.
The next update will be Thursday at 4:30 p.m.