Petaluma vice mayor not ready to concede election

Petaluma Vice Mayor Tiffany Ren? isn't conceding the election quite yet.

After mail-in ballots and precinct votes were counted early Wednesday morning, Ren?, seeking reelection to one of three City Council seats on the Nov. 6 ballot, was in fourth place, behind newcomer Kathy Miller by 1,026 votes.

Ren?, who owns a web design company, was seeking a second term on the seven-member council. The campaign was the first for Miller, a civil attorney and one-time planning commissioner.

Miller's running mate and fellow attorney, Mike Healy, topped all six candidates, followed by incumbent Gabe Kearney and then Miller.

If the vote holds, it would oust Ren?, although she said Friday she still holds out hope. She estimates about 5,000 late absentee votes haven't been tallied.

Almost 65 percent of all potential Petaluma ballots have been counted, according to county registrar figures.

The gap between the top three and bottom three candidates changed by less than one percent throughout Election night, which could suggest the final mail-in ballots — those received on Election Day — aren't likely to change the outcome.

But Ren? said Friday she shouldn't be counted out.

"I've run different scenarios with the math and the more absentees there are, the better my chances are," she said. She noted that as more results came in, her percentage rose and Miller's dropped.

"Given the trend that was happening as the votes were coming in ... I'm going to wait," she said. "I know I'll close the gap; it's just whether it will be enough."

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