In what was an extremely tight race for the last few spots on Washington C.H. City Council, the final count is now official following the certification of the general election by the Fayette County Board of Elections on Tuesday.
Following the addition of 59 provisional ballots and six 10-day absentee ballots to the official total, incumbents Dale Lynch and Ted Hawk were elected as well as newcomers, Stephen Shiltz and Caleb Johnson.
According to the official results, Lynch received 1,377 votes, Shiltz received 1,363, Johnson received 1,291, and Hawk received 1,272. Kimberlee Bonnell, who is currently on the city council, received 1,246 – only 26 less votes than Hawk.
The night of the general election Nov. 7, Bonnell was 30 votes behind Hawk and 46 behind Johnson before the additional ballots were added to the total.
“The results of the races did not change as far as who won once the count was certified,” said Beth Ann Snyder, the director of the local board of elections. “The overall voter turnout went just over 30 percent when all was said and done.”
In all, 4,983 ballots were cast out of 16,414 registered voters for a 30.36 turnout percentage.
In the race for Washington C.H. Municipal Court Judge, Victor Pontious won reelection over Steve Eckstein by a 2,862 to 1,946 margin.
Ken Upthegrove and Mark Chrisman won seats on the Washington C.H. City Schools Board of Education in a race with three other individuals.
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