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UPDATE: Winner declared in race for Pismo Beach Mayor, Arroyo Grande still undecided

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UPDATE: Friday, Nov. 14, 2015 at 6:10 p.m.  

With no remaining ballots left to be counted, Incumbent Pismo Beach Mayor Shelly HIgginbotham is declared the winner over challenger Kevin Kreowski by just two votes.

The race had been as narrow as one vote, as of the previous count tally.

The final San Luis Obispo County election numbers were released late Friday afternoon. A recount will not take place unless one of the candidates calls for one.


The final numbers in the race for Mayor of Arroyo Grande show the write-in votes outnumbered those for incumbent Tony Ferrara by nearly two percentage points. However, the race is not yet settled.

County Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald said Friday evening that the written-in names have not yet been tallied. Work on that process is set to start at 9:00 a.m. Monday.


The contest to decide who will become the next Mayor of Pismo Beach has been a close one since Election Night, but the latest numbers issued by the San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder show the race is now razor thin.

One single vote is separating Incumbent Shelly Higginbotham from challenger Kevin Kreowski as of Wednesday night, November 12.

According to SLO County, there are eight votes left to be counted from Pismo Beach, all from mail-in ballots. There is no scheduled time or date for the remaining vote count.

The key word at this point is "verify"—that's what San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald's office is busy doing for each of the eight ballots yet to be counted. Part of that process includes making sure the number of people who signed the roster equals the number of ballots that were voted.

"This is why we go through the whole verification process, to make sure that every single ballot that was eligible to be counted, got counted and it got counted correctly."

Once the election is certified, it's up to one of the candidates to request a recount—if any.

The County-Clerk says it's very rare for a city election to end up this close, but other smaller elections have been tight in recent years. In 2012, the county recorded a tie in the San Miguel Community Services District race.