From Staff Writer Tony Doris:
With only absentee ballots in, challengers Michael Peragine in Group 3 and Robin Deaton in Group 5 hold leads in the race for city council seats.
In Group 3, at 7 p.m. Peragine had 60.2 percent to incumbent Vice Mayor Eric Jablin’s 39.8 percent, or 723 to 478 votes.
In Group 5, challenger Deaton led by 53.3 percent to 47.6 percent of absentee ballots, or 600 votes to 525.
Polls just closed at 7 p.m., so the race is still wide open.