Red Oak City Council approved a resolution canvassing the results of the May 12 general election on Tuesday evening, May 15.
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, May 15 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.
With only one vote separating the results of the Place 4 race, a recount was conducted Tuesday afternoon, May 15. The recount yielded the same results as the original numbers posted by the city, with Hargrove receiving 322 votes and Brown with 321.
“I’m humbled to be re-elected and humbled by the process of being reelected. I hope to stand behind every promise and serve the citizens of Red Oak,” Hargrove said. “I thank everybody who voted and everyone involved in the process.”
Hargrove also praised the high voter turnout that produced close races in each precinct.
“The turnout was shocking,” Hargrove said, adding that he doesn’t remember so many close races in one election. “I think we blew out the record turnout by far. Andy received the highest amount of votes in the city of Red Oak. I’m second and Bill’s third. It was a huge turnout that’s for sure.”
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 — if you have four people, one person has to be over 50 percent,” Grant said.
“(The voter turnout) blew my mind,” Goodwyn said, adding that he never would have expected the many close races. “Not in my wildest dreams.”
Goodwyn has been campaigning for re-election for months now, and said that having an extended campaign is slightly exhausting.
“I am really burned out,” Goodwyn said. “Between the police investigation and the election and reelection — it’s been going on since February for me.”
“The voter turnout was wonderful, but there were still a lot of people that did not vote, which was a little disappointing,” Little said. “I wasn’t surprised at the close races. I wasn’t sure what to expect at first because I didn’t really know how many people knew really what was going on in city council. I thought the election was a good litmus test as to what the people believe is going on. I really didn’t know how the election would turn out except that it would tell us a lot about how the people think the city council was governing things.”
With a less than a week before early voting begins for the run-off election, Little said she hopes for good voter turnout and educated voting.
“I’m hoping that the citizens really get out and get the truth out and pay attention to what is going on in the city government before they vote for the council people,” Little said. “I feel good — I was pleased with the way things went in my place. I’m just gearing up.”
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 days 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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