NC City Council race remains too close for verdict |

NC City Council race remains too close for verdict

Nevada City Mayor Kerry Arnett won re-election for a second term on the City Council Tuesday, preliminary results show.

Those results show Arnett winning the race with 704 votes – 39.4 percent.

“I’m very pleased,” said Arnett from home after attending a party at Miners Foundry Cultural Center, where supporters of Supervisors Elizabeth Martin and Bruce Conklin gathered to watch election returns. “I’m looking forward to serving the people of Nevada City,” the 46-year-old Arnett said.

Arnett, Conley Weaver, the city’s planning commission chairman, and Denis Kutch, an architect, were vying for two council seats Tuesday.

As of 11 p.m. Weaver, 68, an architect and an innkeeper in Nevada City, and Kutch, 66, were only 12 votes apart. At that point, Weaver had 540 votes. Kutch, apparently third with 528 votes, said he was not conceding.

“Too close to call,” Kutch said at 11 p.m. More absentee ballots could be counted this morning, he added.

Election results may not be certified when the agenda is prepared this week for Monday’s City Council, City Clerk Cathy Wilcox-Barnes said Tuesday. The reorganization of the City Council could take place March 25, she said.

City rules prohibit people from serving as mayor more than two years in a row. Arnett, whom the City Council voted mayor twice, in 2000 and in 2001, cannot serve as mayor a third year in a row.

Among the many issues facing the new City Council is the selection of the city’s next city manager. Beryl Robinson Jr. in January announced his retirement after more than 361/2 years of service.

Other City Council members include David McKay, Tom Balch and Steve Cottrell.

Nevada City City Council vote totals

Kerry Arnett 704

Denis Kutch 528

Conley Weaver 540

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