At-Large Candidate Claims Council Seat

Brian Myers has unofficially claimed one of the three open seats in the at-large race.

Posted: Feb 8, 2018 11:30 AM
Updated: Feb 8, 2018 4:25 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Brian Myers has unofficially won one of the three avaliable at-large city council seats after a little confusion over a charter for the election.

Myers declared himself a winner of an at-large city council seat Wednesday and says he won the seat according to the rules of the election by receiving more than 50 percent of the vote in order to avoid a runoff in the general election. 

According to the unofficial results from Tuesday's election, Myers received 20.58 percent of the vote ahead of incumbents Donna Jean Boyer (14.12 percent) and Spanky O'Dell (12.51 percent).

Myers says he was actually selected on 54 percent of the total ballots cast in the election.

The difference comes from for the at-large race, each voter could select up to three candidates for the three seats available.

Myers says that the confusion at city hall is based on the wording of that charter.

Now in the April general election, there will be five candidates vying for two seats.

Tuesday's election is expected to be certified by the current city council next Monday. 

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