Tuesday night revealed a neck-and-neck race for the City Council District IV seat, with a decision made early Wednesday morning.
The fifth and final printout, which was released at 4:11 a.m., declared current councilman Trevor Ozawa the winner, beating challenger Tommy Waters by a mere 22 votes.
Ozawa had 18,357 votes to Waters’ 18,335 votes, with 2,908 blank votes and 10 over votes.
Ozawa reclaimed the lead after trailing Waters in the previous two printouts.
The third printout saw just 72 votes separating Ozawa and Waters.
Waters had 17,795 votes or 46.4% versus Ozawa’s 17,723 votes or 46.2%.
After the second printout, a mere seven votes separated the two.
Ozawa lost his slim lead with 11,609 votes to Waters’ 11,616 votes.
It’s a mere sliver of a difference that was already tight after the first printout.
Ozawa had 10,597 votes versus Waters’ 10,529 votes for a difference of 68 votes.
“It is close. That’s why I always tell people to get out. Every vote matters,” Ozawa said.
“It’s such a roller coaster,” Waters said. “We were up four years ago, so I kind of like where we’re at right now. It feels good. … We did everything possible. It’s in God’s hands now.”
Waters admits, in the beginning, he was going door-to-door with brochures he’d printed four years ago due to lack of funding.
“No matter what happens today, I’m just so happy that people have the confidence in me, in our campaign, that we’re doing the right thing,” he said.