PALESTINE — Adam Harding won the vote for Palestine City Council District 1 in Saturday's general election, leading with 68 percent of the vote, while District 4's election will be decided in a run-off.
Harding went into Saturday's election with an early voting lead of 53 to opponent Ricky Minton's 33 votes, officially clinching the spot that night with a total of 81 to 38 votes. Harding will serve the city for a two-year term, beginning immediately and lasting through May 2016.
“I'd just like to thank all the voters for coming out,” Harding said at the end of the night. “We had a good turnout and we appreciate that, and I want to thank Ricky as well, because Ricky ran a good race. Again, I appreciate everybody voting and look forward to serving the city.”
Minton said he too was grateful for the registered voters who took the time to vote.
“And I want to congratulate Adam Harding,” Minton said. “I'm sure he'll serve the city well.”
District 4 was the city's second contested race, which was organized to fill an unexpired term held by the late James H. Yelverton, who passed away Feb. 17. The term will expire in May 2015, at which point elections will be held again.
Joseph Thompson, Kenneth Davidson and Harvey Joe Baxter faced off in the District 4 race. At the end of the night Saturday, Thompson led with 43, with Davidson at 24 and Baxter at 15. According to City Secretary Teresa Herrera, a runoff election will be held to determine the winner, since 50 percent of the vote was not collected by any single candidate.
Results are unofficial until they have been canvassed by the city council.