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After a very long day at Newton North High School, City Clerk David Olsen informed those who stayed to the bitter end that Chris Markiewicz has defeated write in candidate Allison Sharma by 7 votes for the Ward 4 city council seat. Allison now has the option to challenge the result in court.

Largely at issue were a number of ballots which included Allison Sharma in the ward 4 at large race or another race and either left the ward 4 ward councilor race blank or also voted for Chris Markiewicz.

More to come soon, but just wanted to let everyone know the result and also to thank all of the volunteers, city workers, and the indefatigable David Olsen for their hard work and patience today.