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McGann makes runoff with Roberson

Glenn McGann and Karen Owens know the importance of one vote in the election.

That was difference between one being in a runoff with Council Place 3 leader Mike Roberson and the end of their campaign for the Hartselle City Council.

McGann was the recipient of that extra vote.

“My daughter, who’s in college, drove over from Florence to go vote that day,” McGann said. “If she hadn’t done that, I’m not sure if I would have been in the runoff. It just goes to show you how one vote makes a difference.”

McGann held a two-vote lead on election night over Owens in the race for Council Place 3, but there were still four provisional ballots that had not been counted.

After being reviewed by the Board of Registrars office, only three of the four were counted – two from the Sparkman Civic Center polling place and one from the absentee ballot box.

Owens, however, only received one more additional vote. After the final votes were tallied, Roberson had 1,023 votes followed by McGann with 646, Owens with 645 and George Hearring with 620.

Owens wasn’t disappointed with the results. In fact, she believes it was a sign.

“It shows that maybe I shouldn’t have even been in the race to begin with,” Owens said. “I guess maybe the Lord was blessing me that I didn’t have to campaign in the runoff.”

Owens said she doesn’t plan to endorse either candidate, but she hopes the voters will educate themselves about the candidates in this race.

“I encourage everyone to investigate the candidates and go to the polls and choose the best person,” Owens said.

Roberson said he appreciated and congratulated the candidates that ran in the Council Place 4 race.

“I never dreamed that I would make the runoff,” Roberson said. “I’m going to go back and hit the campaign trail and see if we can win the runoff.”

The runoff election will also feature races for mayor between Don Hall and Johnnie Howell along with Council Place 5’s runoff between Ken Doss and Franklin Turney.