Former Assemblyman Paul Koretz declared victory in Wednesday the hotly contested race for the 5th Council District seat, but opponent David Vahedi disputed his claim.

The latest results released by the county Registrar's Office show Koretz with 18,286 votes, or 50.98 percent, and Vahedi with 17,584 votes, or 49.02 percent. Election officials continue to count provisional and other ballots from the May 19 election.

The election is to fill the seat being vacated by Councilman Jack Weiss, who gave up his seat in his unsuccessful campaign for City Attorney.

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