The latest primary results released on Wednesday showed that Ian Cotton has moved into the lead with 34 percent of the vote (1,233 votes). Cotton over took the lead from former councilmember Jim Smith, who also has 34 percent (1,228). Shirley Sutton is third with 32 percent (1,181). Smith had an 18-vote lead on election night.
The top two finishers advance to November’s general election.
In the Position No. 1 race, incumbent M. Christopher Boyer has 44 percent (1,580 votes), ahead of Michael Moore, who has 40 percent (1,432).
Former councilmember Ruth Ross remained the top vote-getter in the Position No. 3 race with 33 percent (1,187 votes). Her closest rival is Douglas Lovitt with 29 percent (1,037).
The next round of results will be released at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8.