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April 01, 2014 | 10:28 PMThe ballots are in, but the results in Lake Geneva’s District 3 city council race will remain undecided until Friday.
Friday is when the city’s board of canvassers meets, certifies the vote and announces the winners.
With 203 ballots cast in District 3, Bob Kordus leads Richard Peterson by six votes, 102 to 96. There were no write-ins.
But there are 50 outstanding absentee ballots that have yet to be totalled, according to City Clerk Tim Neubeck. It means that at the close of voting Tuesday, either candidate still has a chance to win.
“It won’t be over until Friday,” Kordus said as he and his wife listened to Neubeck report the results at the Lake Geneva Fire station voting area.
“I’m happy with the lead right now,” Kordus said. “I want to thank everybody for their support.
“I knew it was going to be close,” he added. Contacted by phone, Peterson was more astonished by the turnout.
“What a lousy turnout,” he exclaimed. “That is so sad.
“I guess nobody cares anymore.”
Earlier this year, incumbent Alderman Bill Mott decided not to run for re-election, setting up the two-way race between Kordus and Peterson.
Peterson served as a Lake Geneva alderman from 1997 to 2001.
He did not run for re-election in 2001 because he moved to Burlington.
But in 2012 he moved back to Lake Geneva and ran in District 3 against then-incumbent Bill Mott.
In that election, Mott was leading Peterson by just 12 votes in the unofficial final returns, 158-146, with 24 absentee ballots uncounted.
But Peterson said he knew he did not get any absentee votes.
But times change. Peterson said he believes he still has a chance to overtake Kordus.
“I know I got some absentee ballots this time,” he said.
The two candidates staked out different positions on one clear-cut issue, that of building a public parking structure near the downtown.
Peterson made clear he is opposed to the city building a parking ramp during the public comment period at the city council’s March 3 committee of the whole meeting.
Contacted after the meeting, Kordus said he thought the elevated parking garage would be a good idea, but he said the final decision will be up to the voters.
Both Peterson and Kordus have conceded that the voters will decide whether to proceed with a parking garage. By city ordinance, all projects more than $1.1 million must be approved by the city electors. The current range of costs for a parking structure runs between $6.5 million and $8 million.