Incumbent Tony Kranz continues to lead a field of five contenders for three open seats on the Encinitas City Council, according to the latest election results released shortly after 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.
According to the latest update, Kranz leads with 22.82 percent of the total vote count, or 13,296 votes.
Planning commissioner Tasha Boerner Horvath is running second, with 21.91 percent, or 12,765 votes, with another incumbent Councilmember, Mark Muir, running third, with 21.04 percent, or 12,257 votes.
Two of the three open seats are currently held by Kranz and Muir. The third is being vacated by the retiring Lisa Shaffer.
Tony Brandenburg, also a planning commissioner, and businessman Phil Graham, the stepson of former California Senator and Governor, and San Diego Mayor, Pete Wilson, are locked in a virtual tie for fourth place, with each getting 17.12 percent of total votes – 9,976 for Brandenburg and 9,974 for Graham.
Approximately 164,000 mail and provisional ballots remain uncounted, down from 620,000 on election night
If the results hold, and Catherine Blakespear wins her bid for mayor – she currently holds a healthy advantage over Paul Gaspar, a businessman, doctor of physical therapy and husband of current mayor Kristin Gaspar – then the progressive faction will expand its majority from three to four.