The local runoff races have been decided and it was not good news for those already in office.
By the narrowest of margins, Richard Hink lost his race for re-election to Clinton City Council Ward 1, Position 2. Challenger Nina Bonds Baker received four votes more than Hink. It was 223 votes, or 50.5 precent, for Baker and 219 votes, or 49.5 percent for Hink.
Last week, Hink requested a recount. Election commissioner Jeff Hall said the recount was conducted Monday and the results did not change.
In the race for Clinton recorder/treasurer, Dena Thompson Malone was the winner. She received 243 votes, or 55 percent. Current officeholder Wendy Henderson got 198 votes, or 45 percent.
There were 1,310*** registered voters for the runoff election, which was held Nov. 27. There were 442 ballots cast, which is 33.7 percent of eligible voters.
Malone and Baker will take their seats at the Jan. 10 City Council meeting. Also new on the City Council next year is Jason Lynch, who won the race for the seat currently held by Randy Churches, who did not seek re-election, and Gayla Bradley, who defeated incumbent Kip Stringer. Returning council members are Johnny Moore, Wendy Russ and Sammy Ward.
The City Council meets the second Thursday of each month in the Clinton Municipal Airport terminal. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are open to the public.
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***This article has been corrected from its original version because of incorrect turnout numbers in the original. Click here to view the correction notice.