COPPERAS COVE — Dan Yancey was elected to Place 3 on the City Council, and Jay Manning was elected to Place 4 in a runoff election Tuesday.
Yancey received 68.66 percent of the unofficial votes with a final tally of 471 votes, to Chuck Taylor’s 215 votes (31.34 percent) for Place 3, and Manning received 76.54 percent of the unofficial votes with a final tally of 545 votes to Gary Kent’s 167 votes (23.46 percent).
“I think it’s always good. I appreciate the fact that the voters of Copperas Cove supported me,” Yancey said. “Those that voted have spoken. The council can move forward with a very robust plan of action for our city.”
Yancey said he thanks the residents of Copperas Cove for his win.
“I think the people recognized that I’m working hard for the city of Copperas Cove, and want me to represent them,” Yancey said.
When asked what his plans are now that the runoff election is done, Yancey said he’s eager to get back to work on improving the city.
“I’m looking forward to working for the city of Copperas Cove and I’m just glad the election is finally over,” Yancey said. “It seems like I’ve been running for election longer than I’ve been in office, so I’m looking forward to a full three years.”
Taylor said, “I just called Dan Yancey and congratulated him, and thanked him for a clean race. I support him, and I met a lot of really nice people (during the election) who I wouldn’t have met otherwise. I thank everyone who voted for me.”
The Herald contacted Manning for his reaction to winning, but did not receive a response.
Kent declined to offer comments on the runoff.
The runoff was required because none of the candidates in the Place 3 and Place 4 races received more than 50 percent of the vote in the Nov. 8 general election, which featured three candidates for each place.
Runoff elections have a traditionally lower turnout than regular elections, said Kevin Keller, public information officer for the city of Copperas Cove.
“(It’s) safe to say always substantially lower, especially on general election years,” Keller said.
“It’s sad, over 5,000 people voted on Nov. 8, and look at the turnout tonight in comparison,” Taylor said of the runoff totals.
The council is expected to canvass the votes at a special council meeting Dec. 21.
Manning and Yancey will be sworn into office during a council workshop on Jan. 17, Keller said.