A special tie-breaker election held Tuesday to decide who would fill the Edgar Springs North Ward alderman seat resulted in the challenger defeating the incumbent.
Newcomer Amanda Melton will be the city’s newest alderman after she received 10 votes compared to incumbent Georgia Lucas, who received seven.
“I was hoping to win,” Melton said after the polls closed. She said that she doesn’t have any specific goals she would like to accomplish at this time, but noted, “I just want to do what’s right for the community.”
Melton told the Rolla Daily News that she ran for the position for the experience.
There were five more votes casts in the special election compared to the original election held for the seat.
The special election was called after a tie resulted between the two candidates in the April 2 general municipal election. Each candidate received six votes at that time.
According to state statutes, when a tie occurs, candidates are given three possibilities to break the tie. A special election is one of the options. The other two are for one of the candidates to decline the seat and let the other candidate take the position or for the winner to be drawn by lot if both candidates agree.
County Clerk Carol Bennett was initially informed that both candidates had initially agreed to choose a winner by picking names out of a hat, however, later on, Lucas told Bennett that she wanted to hold another election.
Aldermen in Edgar Springs serve two-year terms.