By CHERIL VERNON
Local businessman Timothy Triplett conceded the election to Palestine mayoral candidate Therrell Thomas Thursday, after asking for a recount following the May 11 election.
The race for the Palestine mayor came down to the wire during the election with only 39 votes separating the mayoral candidates.
Thomas, who was currently serving as District 5 city councilman, won the election 471 to 432. The unofficial vote will be canvassed at Monday’s city council meeting.
“I have confirmed that the absentee votes were counted, reconciled the reasons for the long delay in some precincts reporting in, taken time to reflect and done the math,” Triplett wrote on his Facebook page. “Although 39 votes sounds like a small number, it is over 4 percent of the total 903 votes cast and far exceeds the 0.11 percent shift that might be reasonably expected from a recount.
“So, after careful consideration of the above, I believe the tally from Saturday night accurately reflects the choice of the voters and I offer my congratulations to Mr. Thomas,” Triplett continued. “He ran a good and successful campaign. I wish him well and pray God's richest blessings upon him, and our beautiful City of Palestine!”
Triplett expressed his appreciation to those who helped him in his endeavor.
“What an interesting, educational and enjoyable process this entire campaign has been. I have made many new friends and learned even more about my hometown,” Triplett said. “Thank you all for sharing your thoughts, concerns, passions and prayers with me during this process.”