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Place 1 council seat to feature run-off

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JOEY DAUBEN
The Ellis County Press

RED OAK - Mayor Todd Little garnered 119 votes on Saturday, May 3, but residents attempting to stage a write-in campaign against him had their ballots thrown out after they failed to declare a candidacy.

The ballots that were tallied drew a minimum of 195 people voting for two council positions, but only 119 voted for the mayor slot.

According to City Secretary Judy Grant, state law allows write-in candidates, or groups planning to conduct a write-in, to declare and sign paperwork five days after the regular filing deadline passes for city council and mayoral candidates.

'March 24 was the deadline,' she said. 'Ballots that had write-ins were not counted.'

The I-35 Corridor Association, who backed a write-in campaign for council member Danny Douthit, said they might try to challenge the outcome; the Texas Municipal League, they said, advised the group they only had to write-in the name.

In the other city races, Red Oak Independent School District Police Chief Scott Lindsey garnered 110 votes to defeat Joe Vasquez, who finished with 89 total votes, for the place 3 slot.

Steve Wiggs and Eric Smith will face each other in a run-off after the candidates failed to reach a majority of the votes.

City officials have yet to determine the election date for the run-off.


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