Red Oak City Council approved a resolution canvassing the results of the May 12 general election on Tuesday evening.

Incumbent Casey Hargrove was re-elected to Place 4 and Andy Bell was elected to Place 5. Place 2 candidates, incumbent Ben Goodwyn and Dawn Little, will have a run-off election, with election day on Saturday, June 9.

Through Tuesday afternoon, Andy Bell stood alone as the only clear winner in the three races for Red Oak City Council, with Bell receiving 335 votes to Kris Reeder's 305 votes.

"It feels great. Iím definitely excited and pleased that portion is completed. I can move on and Iím anxious to get to work and serve our community," Bell said. "The turnout was good ó I would rather have had more people vote, but it was a record turnout. Itís very relaxing now."

While Bell could relax, candidates in Places 2 and 4 had to wait a little longer for their winner.

With only one vote separating the results of the Place 4 race, a recount was conducted Tuesday afternoon. The recount yielded the same results as the original numbers posted by the city, with Casey Hargrove receiving 322 votes and Bill Brown with 321.

In Place 2, Mary Grace Ribaric received 51 votes, Jeffrey Smith received 57 votes, incumbent Ben Goodwyn totaled 262 votes and Dawn Little received 273 votes, spurring a run-off between Goodwyn and Little.

City secretary Judy Grant explained that a run-off is conducted if no candidate receives a majority vote.

"It has to be 50 percent ó if you have four people, one person has to be over 50 percent," Grant said.

Pending city council approval, early voting for the run-off election will be held weekdays beginning Tuesday, May 29 through Tuesday, June 5. Polling will take place from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Red Oak Municipal Center, except on Monday and Tuesday, June 4 and 5, on which polling will take place from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Election day polling will take place from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at Red Oak Municipal Center.

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