THIS IS A POST-IN-PROGRESS…SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATES
9:11 pm:…still waiting…if anyone has an “inside scoop” on how the ballots are running, drop me a comment or e-mail me (david AT greaterfalls.com)…more news as it becomes available…
9:24 pm: Tribune website says, “With the 4,874 votes cast at Montana ExpoPark counted, the vote counts for mayor and City Commission are:” but then the link leads to a page with nothing on it. Getting close to finding out…
9:31 pm: …we have a horse race for the Mayor’s spot! But these numbers apparently reflect only the ballots that were cast today – it does NOT include absentee ballots…stay tuned!
Dona Stebbins: 40.6%; 1,965 votes
Ed McKnight: 38.6%; 1,866 votes
Susan Kahn: 14.4%; 696 votes
Larry H. Steele: 6.2%; 299 votes
And the race for City Commission is interesting too — remember, the top two vote-getters will become City Commissioners. Right now, it looks like Bill Bronson and Mary Jolley are leading the pack, and at this rate, Diane Jovick-Kuntz will lose her seat.
Mary Jolley: 26.6%; 2458 votes
Bill Bronson: 23%; 2,120 votes
Stuart Lewin: 17.5%; 1,614 votes
Diane Jovick-Kuntz: 17.2%; 1,586 votes
Elna Hensley: 10.7%; 991
10:05 pm: Rina Moore (aka Rina Fontana Moore) on KFBB news said that final election results should be reported between 11:00 – 11:30 pm this evening…by the way, she is first election official that I’ve ever seen – anywhere – with a nose piercing…
10:20 pm: … another update from the Tribune…looks like Dona and Ed are in a fight to the finish! And on the City Commission side, it really looks like Mary and Bill are going to take it…but it ain’t over yet!
Dona Stebbins: 40.6%; 1,991 votes
Ed McKnight: 38.6%; 1,887 votes
Susan Kahn: 14.4%; 706 votes
Larry H. Steele: 6.1%; 300 votes
City Commission race:
Mary Jolley: 26.6%; 2,500 votes
Bill Bronson: 23%; 2,163 votes
Stuart Lewin: 17.5%; 1,639 votes
Diane Jovick-Kuntz: 17.1%; 1,612 votes
Elna Hensley: 10.7%; 1,008 votes
And wouldja believe that KRTV still doesn’t have any results posted?
11:37 pm: … latest update from the Tribune, with results running about the same as earlier…
Dona Stebbins: 40.86%; 2,867
Ed McKnight: 38.44%; 2,697
Susan Kahn: 14.04%; 985 votes
Larry H. Steele: 6.48%; 455
City Commission race:
Mary Jolley: 26.32%; 3,561 votes
Bill Bronson: 22.03%; 2,981 votes
Diane Jovick-Kuntz: 17.94%; 2,427 votes
Stuart Lewin: 17.77%; 2,404 votes
Elna Hensley: 10.83%; 1,465 votes
ALSO: just learned that the final results likely won’t be released until about 1:00 am…and I’ve got to hit the hay…so hit the Trib site one more time before you toddle off to bed for the night and see if we have final results yet.