When the final batch of election results were posted shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday, they showed that Sean McCoy has, in all likelihood, won the Longmont City Council at-large race.

As of 9:15 p.m. Thursday, McCoy had 13,081 votes (35.8%), Mitzi Nicoletti 12,150 votes (33.2%) and Gary Hodges 11,261 votes (30.8%), according to Boulder County Elections.

In Weld County, McCoy picked up an additional 74 votes, Nicoletti 58 votes and Hodges 48 votes.

All said, McCoy was poised to win the race by more than 900 votes. It was a race in which a clear winner had not emerged, even a week after election day.

At 9:23 p.m. Thursday, Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Molly Fitzpatrick announced on her official Twitter page that the “final set” of unofficial results had been posted.

While fewer than 37,000 people voted in the City Council race, more than 43,000 residents checked either for or against Ballot Question 3C, which dealt with improvements to the St. Vrain Creek drainageway.

“I’m puzzled because there’s literally almost 6,000 or more people that chose not to vote for the City Council race,” McCoy said Friday morning. “That’s really odd to me.”

McCoy, who is a Longmont native, teaches U.S. government at Monarch High School in Louisville and previously served on the City Council from 2007 to 2011.

While McCoy was not quite ready to declare victory Friday, he seemed increasingly confident that he will be sworn into office on Dec. 6.

“I’m pleased … and honored if I’m the person,” McCoy said.

Longmont Mayor Joan Peck previously held the vacant at-large City Council seat but vacated it last November after winning the city’s mayoral contest.

Peck endorsed Nicoletti in the three-person at-large City Council race.

Nicoletti, who had never sought public office before, said Friday that she was grateful to everyone who volunteered and supported her campaign.

“I think we walked (to) 15,000 houses. We did 12 house parties and raised the most money,” Nicoletti said. “People were very supportive.”

McCoy will now complete what would have been the rest of Peck’s at-large term through November 2023.

“I do wish Sean all the best going into his term,” Nicoletti said.

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Matthew Bennett
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