Karen Brown, an ex-Democrat and former Catholic school teacher, has won the Republican nomination for mayor with a 65-vote margin over real estate agent John Featherman, according to a final but still unofficial count.

City election officials said Friday that Brown had 8,370 votes, including absentee and provisional ballots, compared to Featherman's 8,305.

A three-judge panel is expected to certify the count next week.