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Ferguson, Durfee & Padron lead Quincy races

The Quincy Valley Post-Register of Quincy, Washington

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Preliminary results in Tuesday's election appear to show that Quincy city voters are looking to add some new faces to their city council.

On Tuesday, both David Durfee Jr. and Josey Ferguson, who chose to run against longtime city councilmen, were leading in their races. However, Ferguson was leading by only a handful of votes.

Durfee was leading over Councilman Manny Guerrero, 250 to 185 votes (57.47 percent to 42.53 percent), for position 7 on the council. Guerrero was elected to the city council 14 years ago.

The numbers look promising to Durfee, who said he was feeling "excited and relieved" Tuesday evening.

"I am just ready to move my focus from campaigning to getting the pulse of the community," Durfee said.

In the race for position 1, Ferguson was holding onto only an 18-vote lead over Councilman Scott Lybbert, who seeks his fourth term. On Tuesday evening, that race was too close to call.

Ferguson is leading 220 to 202 votes, or 52.13 percent to 47.87 percent.

When contacted at home Tuesday evening, Ferguson said he was optimistic but wasn't claiming victory just yet.

"I'm excited, but I don't think that I've won yet," Ferguson said.

While Ferguson and Durfee challenged two' longtime councilmen, newcomers Sonia Padron and Warren Lybbert squared off this election for position 6, an unexpired, two-year seat.

The two candidates were the top vote-getters in the August primary for the unexpired seat.

Preliminary election results show Padron is leading over Warren Lybbert, 283 to 156 votes (64.46 percent to 35.54 percent).

"I'm quite surprised by the numbers," Padron said when contacted Tuesday evening. "That tells me that I have made a pathway in this community and I am just very humbled with the numbers."

Padron thanked her family and friends who supported her and encouraged her to run for the position.

"The voters have put their trust in me," she said.

Four seats were up for election this year on the city council. Only Councilman Tom Harris was running unopposed. Harris garnered 332 votes.

The Grant County Elections Department reports there are still more ballots left to count. A county spokeswoman on Wednesday morning did not know the number of ballots left; however, she said there were "quite a few."

A second count was scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, and the election is to be certified on Nov. 24.

So far, only about 30 percent of the county's 36,712 eligible voters turned out for the election, according to elections department numbers.

Both Ferguson and Durfee expressed some frustration over the low voter turnout. Preliminary numbers show none of the four races for Quincy City Council garnered more than 450 votes.

The city has a population of about 7,200 people. There are 1,955 registered voters in the city limits, the elections department reported.

"I don't understand why more people don't vote," Ferguson said.

He considers it a privilege to vote, Durfee said.

"To be honest, there should be more than 500 people voting in Quincy," he said. "I want people to feel like they can vote and their vote means something here."

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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