Every vote counts. It's not a cliche. Consider the unofficial results in the race between Terry Kim and Jaxon Meardon for a seat on the Las Animas City Council.

Kim edged Meardon for the Ward 2 seat, 82-81. But the race for Ward 2 wasn’t the only tightly contested race on the day because the race for the light and power board came down to four votes. Roberto Montoya is projected to have received 434 votes and William Deal unofficially received 430.

The race for mayor went in the opposite direction, with Jim Collins projected to win after receiving almost 80% of the votes for mayor. Overall, he received 542 of the 680 votes for mayor in this year's election.

The projected winner of the Ward 1 seat on ccouncil was Robert "Sonny" Smith who received about 74% of the vote. Ward 3's seat is projected to be awarded to Cassandra Torres-Siefkas, who received 167 of the 244 votes cast.

In other news, ballot issue 2A, which will add an additional 5.75% sales tax to the sale of retail marijuana and marijuana products passed by a large majority, with 487 votes for the issue and 202 against it.

The official results from the election should be made available later in the month.

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