Fresno City Council candidate Garry Bredefeld lost ground in the latest tally of votes released Wednesday and appears more likely to face Jeremy Pearce in a November runoff for the District 6 seat.
On election night, Bredefeld had slightly more than the 50 percent plus one vote needed to claim the seat outright. But as more ballots have been tabulated, that lead has fallen below the percentage needed to win outright. He is now 100 votes short of claiming a clear majority, according to Fresno County election results.
“I am anticipating a runoff,” Bredefeld said shortly after the numbers came out Wednesday. “We plan to run a spirited campaign – one that will be full of integrity.”
Bredefeld, a clinical psychologist and former council member, has 49.43 percent of the vote. His opponent, entertainer Jeremy Pearce, now has 25.24 percent.
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