Unofficial results from the Nov. 5 elections that posted some razor-thin wins throughout the county have held, according to the county Election Bureau.
Official voting results released last week showed the unofficial winners retaining their leads after the counting of absentee, provisional and remote military ballots for the official tallies.
Democratic candidates for borough council in Chester Heights got at least 20 more votes each, over 13 or 15 votes for each Republican candidate, for a final result with one vote separating each winner.
Republican Laura Macy Lim, incumbent Democrat Susan Clarke and Republican David William Firkser earned respective vote tallies of 492, 491 and 490 to win seats on council. Lim, Clarke and Firkser were the unofficial winners in the race with respective results of 479, 468 and 475.
Incumbent Democrat Philip Block lost his seat by earning just 481, finishing fourth in the six-person race.
Official results give Republicans a two-seat bump on council over Democrats, 6-1 (they had a four-seat majority before the results), while Republican Mayor Stacey Smith, who was not up for reelection this year, keeps her seat for at least another two years.
Chester Heights and Brookhaven were the only two municipalities that expanded their Republican reach in local government in the Nov. 5 elections.
A tight council race in Eddystone stayed just that tight as the Democrats won three seats by a mere five votes. Glen Wilson, Chris Sprague and Ron Yannuzzi advanced their tallies to beat Republican incumbents Mandy Hall, William Bolton and Council Vice President Kelly Ann Butkus. Butkus lost her seat by five votes to Wilson, 276-271. The official results tightened the gap Wilson had over Butkus (274-267).
Republicans, however, keep the majority on the seven-member council and the mayor’s office.
Democrats also solidified their wins in small Parkside Borough, picking up a few more votes for Anna Guy, Scott Sidlow and Perry Sweigart who all finished with approximately 315 votes each. Republican incumbents Robert Powers, Kevin Underwood and William Todd Bennett did not get any additional votes as they each stalled trying to reach 300 votes.
Republicans will still be the majority on borough council with the support of Mayor Thomas Deitman.
With the official results released, Democrats made gains in 11 municipalities and three school boards, while not losing ground in 13 other municipalities and six school boards. Republicans blocked Democratic intrusion in 22 municipalities and five school districts while gaining in two municipalities. The Republican majority of Haverford Township Board of Commissioners and Interboro School Board did not change, 5-4 and 6-3, respectively in the party’s favor.