NOLANVILLE — City staff announced Wednesday that a runoff election would be called between candidates Robert Meeks and Duane G. Hampton for Seat 4’s unexpired city council term.

The city’s charter states that a candidate must receive more than 50 percent of the vote in order to win an election, City Manager Stephen Pearl said.

Unofficial Bell County election results reported Wednesday that Meeks earned 43 percent of the vote to Hampton’s 34 percent. A third candidate, Randy Sammons, received 22 percent.

“After (the council) canvasses the vote, we have to have the runoff within 30 days according to the charter,” Pearl said.

He expects the canvassing to be on the Nov. 15 meeting agenda if official election results are reported by then.

Meeks, who spent most of Wednesday believing he was the new Seat 4 council member, said he was a little confused about the runoff election but felt confident that the results would be the same.

“The voters spoke and the numbers showed me winning … I’m not worried about it at all.”

Hampton said he wasn’t worried about the election results but plans to take this new opportunity to do more campaigning than he did the first time around.

“I didn’t do any campaigning or anything, but I might put some fliers out this time and let people know who I am. My biggest concern is morality and restoring value back in the offices.”

Contact Kristi Johnson at kristij@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7548

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