Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

May 22, 2013

Council sets date to canvass runoff election results

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — During a special noon meeting held Tuesday, the Jacksonville City Council set noon on  June 17 as the formal time and date they will canvass the June 11 runoff election between mayoral candidates Kenneth Melvin and Rob Gowin.

The decision was made after the council came out of an executive session called to discuss "administrative staff personnel terms" but ultimately made no decision in open session.

Mayoral challenger Gowin, 44, won the popular vote with 426 votes to the 389 gained by incumbent Jacksonville mayor Melvin, 73. (Third political candidate William Igbokwe, 23, had 147 votes.)

Despite having the popular vote, Gowin did not win more than 50 percent of all votes cast, which must be accomplished to win an election.

A runoff election between the candidates with the two highest votes, Gowin and Melvin became necessary.

Early voting for the runoff is set for:

• May 30 and May 31, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at City Hall, 1220 S Bolton St.

• June 3, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at City Hall.

• June 4, a 12-hour voting day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at city hall.

• June 5 and June 6,  8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at City Hall.

• And finally, the regular election, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.,  at the Jacksonville Public Library,  502 S Jackson St.

Anyone with any questions about the election is welcome to contact the city at 903-541-0150.