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May 17, 2013

City Council holds special meeting today

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville City Council will conduct a special meeting today to – among other things – canvass the results of the May election and formally order a June mayoral race runoff.

This meeting begins at 11 a.m. in the Norman Center Board Room.

After convening in executive session regarding an “economic development” issue, the council will first reopen for any action, then canvass the election.

In the mayoral race, challenger Rob Gowin had the high vote, 426, to incumbent mayor Kenneth Melvin's 389. Challenger William Igbokwe had 147.

Because no candidate exceeded 50 percent of the vote,  a runoff between the two high vote candidates became necessary.

Also during that election, incumbent Bill McDonald defeated challenger Phil Huttash, 277 votes to 194, in the District 3 council race.

District 1 incumbent councilman Hubert Robinson filed for reelection but has already been proclaimed the winner because he was unopposed.

After canvassing the election Friday, the council is scheduled to discuss and consider approval of an amendment to a grant management services contract.

The final item of business is for the council to consider a resolution ordering the runoff mayoral election.

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