All three of the incumbents on the West Tawakoni City Council lost re-election bids during Tuesday’s voting, but there is talk of a possible recount in one of the contests which ended in an extremely close race.
The election in West Tawakoni was for full terms on the council, including in Place 1 between Leon Myers Jr. and Kevin Featherston, Place 3 between Karen Cory and Rhonda McKeehan and Place 5 between Chris Burkett and Jared Calkins.
Once the final votes were released shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday, Featherston received 78 votes (50.65 percent) to Myers’ 76 votes (49.35 percent).
In the early voting, which concluded Nov. 1, Featherston received eight votes to Myers’ five ballots. The first returns from election day, however, indicated Myers in the lead with 71 votes to Featherston’s 70
Hunt County Elections Administrator Jose Martinez said he had been contacted by West Tawakoni City Secretary Anette Lemons.
“They called and wanted to know the procedures to do a recount,” Martinez said Thursday, adding he had not heard whether a recount was being considered.
Neither Lemons nor Myers could be reached for comment about the situation Thursday morning.
In the Place 3 race, McKeehan received 85 votes (54.14 percent) to Cory’s 72 votes (46.88 percent).
In Place 5, Burkett received 89 votes (55.97 percent) to Calkins’ 70 votes (44.03 percent).
Countywide, Tuesday’s election also included 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution along with some local issues and drew 7,357 total ballots, representing a little more than 13 percent of the county’s 55,431 registered voters.
That compares to the total of just 1,921 people who voted in Hunt County during the November 2017 special elections which included seven proposed amendments and several local issues.