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St. Helena Challenger Geoff Ellsworth still leads Mayor Alan Galbraith by 20 votes in the latest vote tally, which contained no new St. Helena ballots, released Friday afternoon.

With ballots still being counted, Ellsworth has 910 votes (50.56 percent) and Galbraith has 890 votes (49.44 percent).

Galbraith led by 16 votes in the preliminary election night tally, but Ellsworth took a 20-vote lead in Wednesday's count.

According to the Election Division's website, Friday's report represents 80 percent of the ballots cast, and there are approximately 12,000 ballots still to process and count.

Updated District 3 results -- including St. Helena and Calistoga -- will be released at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19. The outcome might not be certain until the election is certified the week of Nov. 26.

Measure E, which would raise St. Helena’s hotel taxes by 1 percent to raise money for housing, has 1,448 votes in favor (79.96 percent) and 363 votes against (20.04 percent). In order to pass, it needs a two-thirds supermajority, or 66.6 percent.

Anna Chouteau and incumbent City Councilmember Paul Dohring are running unopposed for two council seats. Chouteau has 1,204 votes and Dohring has 1,142.

American Canyon

Measure H, American Canyon's proposal to raise the hotel tax to fund workforce housing, is nearing the threshold for passing after falling short on election night.

With each update from the Napa County Election Division, Measure H has steadily gained votes towards reaching 66.6 percent approval, the two-thirds requirement for new tax measures.

As of Friday's vote count, Measure H stood at 66.01 percent in favor and 33.99 percent opposed. That still leaves it shy of 66.6 percent, but it is noticeably more than on election night when Measure H had only 62.90 percent in favor.

Measure H has gained over 3 percentage points since Nov. 6, with still more votes to be counted by election officials.

The proposal would raise the transient occupancy tax from 12 percent to 13 percent to provide more funding for workforce housing in American Canyon.

Friday's election update also showed Councilmember David Oro continuing to pull away from challenger Pierre Washington for the second of two council seats.

Oro now leads Washington by 294 votes. On election night, his lead was only seven votes.

The other incumbent, Mark Joseph, is still leading all candidates with 2,371 votes, 524 votes ahead of Oro.

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