Lybbert, Worley lead in latest ballot count
Voting in the local 2017 primary election for the office of Quincy mayor ended on Aug. 1, and, one week later, the ranking of candidates in the early results has held. If the final ballot tally shows percentages about where they were on Tuesday, the two candidates moving on to the general election for Quincy mayor will be Scott B. Lybbert and Paul D. Worley.
Four candidates had entered the race for mayor: Lybbert, Worley, Ricardo Garces and Ricardo Ruesga.
An early tally by the Grant County elections office on Aug. 1 showed Lybbert and Worley in the lead after 729 ballots were counted. Worley received 251 votes for 34.4 percent of the total votes counted at that time. Ruesga received 76 votes, for 10.4 percent. Lybbert received 278 votes, or 38.1 percent. Garces received 124 votes, for 17 percent.
The latest results available Aug. 8 showed 895 ballots counted, not including write-ins. Worley received 300 votes for 33.5 percent of the total votes counted. Ruesga received 89 votes, for 9.9 percent. Lybbert received 352 votes, or 39.3 percent. Garces received 154 votes, for 17.2 percent.
The final ballot count and certification are scheduled for Aug. 15. Some ballots may still be arriving by mail at the county courthouse and have yet to be counted.
About one-quarter of Grant County voters turned out for the primary election, as nine offices or measures were up for voting across the county.
Quincy chooses a new mayor this year because the incumbent, Jim Hemberry, chose not to run for re-election.
The race for mayor was on the primary ballot because it drew more than two candidates – the only local office open this year with more than two candidates. The top two vote-getters in the primary will move on to the general election.
By Dave Burgess, email@example.com