Kern County Clerk still hasn't certified election
The two new members of the Taft City Council will have to wait a couple of weeks longer to be sworn into office.
The City customarily seats council members at the first meeting in December, but by law new council members can't take office until the Kern County Clerk certifies the November election results.
This year, with a large number of mail-in ballots cast, the clerk is still tallying the results for the Nov. 6 election and didn't have the election certified by Friday, when the agenda for the Dec. 4 Taft City Council meeting is posted, City Clerk Yvette Mayfield said.
Just when the election will be certified isn't known
"It's up in the air right now," Mayfield said.
That means Randy Miller and Renee Hill will keep their council seats for one more meeting and Ed Whiting and Jeff Eveland will have to wait until Dec. 18 to be sworn into office.
The latest total on the Kern County Elections website, posted on Monday, shows Bryant in first place with 1034 votes (21.68 percent), Eveland in second with 734 votes (15.39 percent and Ed Whiting in third with 603 votes (12.64 percent).
Those totals haven't changed significantly since election night.
Miller decided not to seek a fifth term on the council after serving for 16 years, and Hill was unsuccessful in her bid for a second four-year term on the Council in the Nov. 6 election.
Incumbent Josh Bryant was reelected.
Several races in the region are still in doubt as mail-in ballots are still being counted, including the 21st Congressional District where Democrat challenger is slightly ahead of Republican incumbent David Valadao in unofficial counts, and in the City of Bakersfield where a one-cent sales tax for public safety is too close to call.