INDIAN SHORES – Two new faces will join the Indian Shores Council - Patrick Soranno and either Michael “Mike” Petruccelli or Diantha Schear.
According to unofficial results posted at the Supervisor of Elections website, only one vote separates Petruccelli and Schear. The counts do not include provisional ballots and only a partial count of mail ballots.
According to Elections Administrator Nancy Whitlock, results in which a candidate is defeated by less than ½ percent could require a recount. Results closer than a ¼ percent require a manual recount. The state will tell the county if a recount is necessary.
Voters had three new names to choose from during the March 11 Municipal Election after Indian Shores Councilors Carole Irelan and Steve Sutch retired.
Patrick Soranno garnered 332 votes, 34.62 percent. Michael “Mike” Petruccelli received 314 votes, 32.74 percent. Diantha Schear brought in 313 votes, 32.64 percent.
A total of 959 voters took part in the election. Indian Shores voters had returned 66.1 percent of 563 mail ballots requested as of March 10. Fifteen cast their ballots during early voting.
Indian Shores residents also joined with most of Pinellas County to pick a new representative for District 13 in the U.S. Congress. Republican David Jolly defeated challengers Democrat Alex Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby. He will fill the seat left vacant after former Rep. C.W. “Bill” Young died Oct. 18.
Counts from the provisional ballots still must be added, and the unofficial results also do not contain all mail ballots or 10-day overseas ballots, Whitlock said.
Official election results cannot be certified until votes from the 10-day overseas ballots are added to unofficial results, and the earliest that can occur is the 10th day after the election. The deadline to certify official election results is noon on the 12th day after the election.