MIDLOTHIAN

Over 700 ballots were cast in the run-off election for the final vacancy on the Midlothian City Council. When the votes were tallied June 16, it was the challenger, Art Pierrard, who stood atop in landslide fashion.

Pierrard defeated incumbent Theodore "Ted" Miller by over 39 percent — 537 votes to 237.

A total of 774 votes were cast in the run-off election.

The run-off election was needed after neither candidate reached the 50-percent plateau during the May 5 city and school election cycle.

During the first election, Miller led the three-candidate field with 537 votes (42.08%), while Pierard received 508 votes (39.81%). Joseph Rohr finished third with 231 votes (18.10%) and did not qualify for the run-off election.

The other race on the May 5 ballot was for city council seat 5, which Justin Coffman (961 votes, 70.45%) won handily over Jason Kyle (403, 29.55%).

A total of 1,391 of the 19,182 registered Midlothian voters (7,25%) cast ballots in the May 5 election.