Official canvass shows Locke NC treasurer |

Official canvass shows Locke NC treasurer

A canvass of Nevada City’s close election results shows Niel Locke is the official winner of the treasurer’s contest against incumbent Logan “Gene” Downing.

Kerry Arnett and Conley Weaver are the official winners of the City Council race, the canvass showed.

The newly elected city officials could be sworn in as early as April 8.

The municipal election results can still be appealed until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Lorraine Jewett-Burdick, Nevada County clerk-recorder, said Friday. She certified the election Thursday.

City Council members are expected to name the mayor and the vice mayor April 8.

Mayor Arnett won re-election with 724 votes – or 39.26 percent of votes cast. Under city rules, he cannot serve as mayor again because the City Council nominated him for two consecutive years.

Weaver, chairman of the city planning commission, finished second with 558 votes. He will take the place of City Councilman Pat Dyer, who did not run for re-election.

The final results include ballots that were filled out in blue ink and could not be read by Elections Office vote scanners, Jewett-Burdick said.

In the end, Locke, the owner of a coffee shop on Broad Street, defeated Downing by five votes to serve a four-year term as city treasurer. Locke received 518 votes, and Downing had 513.

City treasurers can sign checks and advise city officials about city finances. They are paid a$100 monthly stipend.

Downing, a retired businessman, was elected in June 1998 when California primary elections were still in that month. He has complained to city officials that his term does not end until June, and he is reluctant to give up the spot until then.

As of Friday, City Clerk Cathy Wilcox-Barnes said she had not seen an opinion from City Attorney Jim Anderson on the matter.

Other members of the City Council include Tom Balch, the current vice mayor; David McKay and Steve Cottrell. Cottrell, elected in 1992, is the most senior member of the council. However, he has never served as mayor.

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