Challenger James Blair extended his lead over incumbent EJ Curry to 35 votes Friday after initially trailing by eight votes on election day.
Blair now leads 658 votes to 623. He first took the lead Thursday night when he led by 17 votes.
“I don’t want to count my chickens just yet, but I’m feeling pretty good about the chances of a successful campaign,” Blair told the NVN in a Facebook message prior to the release of Friday’s update. “I think Friday’s count will be a good indicator of what we can expect the final results to be.”
The next count will be released Tuesday.
Blair said he appreciates the support he’s received during the campaign.
This is Blair’s second time running for Yelm council. In 2017, he lost to incumbent Terry Kaminski, who won the race 627 to Blair’s 556 votes.
Friday’s count also shows that Yelm City Council incumbents Molly Carmody and Joe DePinto will retain their seats. Carmody currently leads Cameron “Calamity” Jayne, 901 to 339 votes, and DePinto leads Matthew McLellan, 832 votes to 439.
Voter turnout for voters living in the City of Yelm is at about 18 percent, which is the lowest reported district in Thurston County.
Final election results will be certified on Tuesday, Nov. 26.