By CHERIL VERNON
The race for the Palestine mayor came down to the wire Saturday with only 39 votes separating the mayoral candidates.
District 5 council member Therrell Thomas and local businessman Timothy Triplett were vying for the city’s top spot as mayor, with the unofficial votes coming in 471 to 432 in Thomas’ favor Saturday night.
“I learned a lot and at the end of the day, we are all Palestine citizens. I want to congratulate Mr. Triplett on a very good race, a very positive race. I appreciate that,” Thomas said after the final votes came in. “I want to say thank you to the citizens of Palestine. Greater things are yet to come.”
Results from the final box were delivered to City Hall at about 8:52 p.m. Saturday following the closing of the polls at 7 p.m.
The ballots will be canvassed at a called City Council meeting on Monday, May 20, according to interim city secretary Teresa Herrera said.
Triplett started the paperwork Monday for an official recount due to the closeness of the vote.
“It was too close to count for sure, especially with the boxes coming in so late,” Triplett said Saturday night. “I want to be sure that the voice of the people is accurate.”
Triplett agreed with Thomas that the mayoral race was kept very positive throughout the election.
“I believe the race was ran on very high standards. Mr. Thomas ran a very clean campaign,” Triplett said.
Early voting results for the mayoral race were 276 votes for Thomas and 267 votes for Triplett.
Here are the unofficial election results by district as of Saturday night:
• District I — Thomas, 36; Triplett, 17.
• District 2 — Thomas, 38; Triplett, 24.
• District 3 — Thomas, 19; Triplett, 9.
• District 4 — Thomas, 18; Triplett, 30.
• District 5 — Thomas, 43; Triplett, 40.
• District 6 — Thomas, 41; Triplett, 45.