Final tally: John Jones, Vic Kave win Pacific council seats

Incumbent Councilperson John Jones and newcomer Vic Kave have secured Pacific City Council seats, according to the final certification of the Nov. 5 general election.

The results, which were finalized Nov. 26, show Jones edged challenger Brice Erickson by just 26 votes, 459 (48.54 percent) to 433 (48.54 percent) for the Position No. 2 race.

Kave secured the No. 4 seat with a 59-vote margin of victory over Leanne Guier, with totals of 477 (53.24 percent) to 419 (46.76 percent), respectively.

Guier, who was unable to pull out of the race after being appointed mayor, had said that if she were to win the election, she wouldn't take the position but would instead defer to the City Council to appoint a councilmember for Position No. 4. Appointed Councilmember Katie Garberding holds that seat.

In the final results for the City's two other council races, Stacy May Knudtson defeated Gary Nitschke, 548 votes (61.09 percent) to 349 votes (38.91 percent) for Position No. 5, and Council President Tren Walker surpassed Ronnie M. Harris, 572 (67.77 percent) to 272 (32.23 percent).

Councilmembers begin their four-year terms on Jan. 1.

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