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Craig Johnson wins Place 1 Council seat; Clay Walker, Bradley Edge in runoff

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Craig Johnson unseated three-term incumbent Garry Jordan for the Place 1 Sulphur Springs City Council seat Saturday, while voters will have to go to the polls again to choose between Clay Walker and Bradley Edge as the Place 2 representative.

Johnson won the Place 1 seat with 839 votes to 609 for Jordan. Jordan Horne place third with 112 votes.

In Place 2 voting, Clay Walker got the most votes among the five candidates with 700, followed by Edge with 535. Claude Walter received 217 votes, Steve Carmody 84 and Allen Vaughan 16.

City Secretary Gale Roberts said it looks like there will have to be a runoff between Walker and Edge for Place 2.

“If my math is correct, it looks like we’ll have a runoff,”  she said Saturday night.

Runoff elections pit the top two vote-getters in a second election if neither wins a majority of votes the first time around. Walker fell 77 votes short of a majority of votes.

Johnson, who already has some familiarity with city staff and procedures thanks to his service as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, was humble Saturday night, thanking his supporters and praising Jordan for time as a councilman.

“I’d like to thank Garry Jordan for his nine years of service on the council,” Johnson said.

The vote count is not official until the City Council canvasses the votes and certifies the election results. The City Council will meet next week to canvass the vote and set the date for the runoff vote.

 

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