Sulphur Springs City Council members will meet next Monday to canvass the results of Saturday’s municipal election and set a date for a runoff between the top two vote-getters in the run for Place 2.
Craig Johnson unseated three-term incumbent Garry Jordan for the Place 1 Sulphur Springs City Council seat Saturday, while Clay Walker and Bradley Edge received the most votes as the Place 2 representatives, sending them to a runoff.
Johnson won the Place 1 seat with 839 votes to 609 for Jordan. Jordan Horne placed 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.
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.
A special meeting of the City Council had been called for 5:30 p.m. today at City Hall, but a change in the law this year led to that meeting being being reset for Monday, May 17.
“This year you can’t call for a runoff election until May 17, but that’s a Sunday,” explained
City Secretary Gale Roberts.
At Monday’s meeting, City Council members will certify the vote totals in the elections and set the date for the runoff and for early voting. Voting judges will also be named.
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.
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