The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 30, 2013

Incumbent retains council seat in Duquesne special election

By Ryan Richardson

DUQUESNE, Mo. — Incumbent Councilman Frank Herron edged out challenger Barbara Welch by a mere four votes in Tuesday’s special election in Duquesne, retaining his 1st Ward seat.

Herron received 59 votes to 55 garnered by Welch, breaking the 54-all tie vote in the regular municipal election on April 2. The candidates opted to have another election instead of settling the tie by drawing lots.

Herron, who remained on the council during the April meeting, said he is looking forward to working on two specific issues during his third term in office.

“I want to focus on road repair and sewer issues during this term,” he said.

The special election is expected to cost the city nearly $2,000, according to city officials. The city paid for the cost of new ballots, an election notice and election workers, though Jasper County officials ran the election, including the vote count. Jasper County will not pay any costs from the election.

Vote accepted

BARBARA WELCH said Tuesday night that even though the results were again close, she had no intention of contesting the election.