By Eric Heinz
With less than 28,000 ballots to count in Orange County, as of Nov. 29, there may not be much left to count for San Clemente. In an email to the San Clemente Times on Nov. 15, Orange County Registrar of Voters Neil Kelly said there were about 3,000 provisional ballots left to count for San Clemente (or 6,000 votes, as people were allowed to vote for the top two candidates of their choice). Since then, it appears most of those ballots have been recorded, although a few outstanding votes may remain.
As it stands, Chris Hamm leads with 14,290 and Steven Swartz is in second with 11,405.
Dan Bane has 11,057 in third place, Robert “Bob” Baker has 10,887 in fourth place, and Pamela Joy Glass has 1,885 in fifth place.
The Orange County Registrar of Voters has until Dec. 8 to officially finalize the ballots. The next mayor, which is appointed among the City Council members, will be selected at the Dec. 20 meeting.