An incumbent and two newcomers have won the three contested seats on the Takoma Park City Council, officials announced Wednesday.
Results of the three contested races were not announced immediately after Tuesday’s voting because a clerical error created confusion about how many ballots were cast, City Clerk Jessie Carpenter said Wednesday.
There was only one incumbent candidate in the three races: Fred Schultz in Ward 6, who defeated community activist Barrie Howard, 134 to 111.
The closest race was in Ward 2, where 690 residents voted. Tim Male, who was endorsed by the ward’s outgoing council member, defeated Lorig Charkoudian, 351 to 334.
In Ward 3, Kay Daniels-Cohen, endorsed by Montgomery County Council member and former Takoma Park legislator Marc Elrich (D-At Large) defeated Michael Graul and Jeffrey Noel-Nusbaum. Daniels-Cohen garnered 63 percent of the vote.
City officials decided not to announce preliminary results for the three elections Tuesday night because there was a large discrepancy between the number of ballots distributed to voters and the computerized estimate of votes cast, Carpenter said.
Because two of the races were extremely close, city officials said they decided to withhold the results until they could sort out the discrepancy.
Some discrepancy is normal, city officials said, but the number this year seemed too large. As it turned out someone accidentally had set the electronic system that calculated the number of ballots distributed to ignore absentee and early ballots, city officials said.
“In retrospect, it would have been better announcing the election results and noting they were unofficial,” Carpenter said.