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City absentee ballots don't affect tight races


Absentee ballots did not change the outcome of three tight races for City Council in Tuesday's primary, elections officials said yesterday.

In the 7th District, Democrat Belinda K. Conaway topped Shawn Z. Tarrant 2,564 to 2,490. Conaway led by 53 votes on election night Tuesday.

Conaway said she would continue attending community meetings and campaigning until the November 2004 election.

"As an elected official, you're always campaigning," she said. "It's a never-ending process."

Conaway will face Republican Owen B. Hanratty in the November 2004 election.

Hanratty was also in a close race, beating Carlton "Yummy" Dotson by just five votes -- 85 to 80. Hanratty was 11 votes ahead before the absentee ballots were counted.

Hanratty could not be reached for comment.

Roberto L. Marsili's lead over Brandon S. Katz increased in the 1st District Republican race. Marsili won 152 to 140. Just four votes had separated the candidates on election night.

"I'm campaigning already," said Marsili, who will face Democrat James B. Kraft in the November 2004 general election. "I think a lot of the Democratic voters will switch over and it will be a close race."

Elections officials are calling the results unofficial because overseas and provisional ballots will not be counted until next week. Provisional ballots are used by voters who claim to be registered but do not appear on voter lists at the polls.

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