The three city council candidates endorsed by firefighters and the golf course operator look likely to take office. After a second count, the leads enjoyed by Eric Noble, Lisa Scott and Rich Hartman shrank slightly over their respective challengers, but each has a sizable lead in the OS City Council races. According to the election website, 2,100 ballots remain to be count; an unknown number of them are in Ocean Shores. The closest race is Position 7, where Hartman has a 177-vote lead *corrected over Patric Hayes; his lead shrank by just under 1% since the first ballot count. In Position 1, Noble is 233 votes ahead of incumbent Susan Conniry; his lead dropped by about 1.3%. In Position 5, Scott remains far ahead of Patrick Daugherty, with a 338-vote lead; but her big lead was shaved by 1.2% since the first count.