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UPDATE | McComb acknowledges loss in Bainbridge council race, plans to stay involved
Candidate Dee McComb said Wednesday her quest for the South Ward council seat has not gone her way and conceded the race to her opponent Roger Townsend.
Townsend won by the largest margin in the council races after pulling in 67.6 percent of the votes for the South Ward seat in the first vote count on Election Night.
McComb tallied 32.2 percent of the vote.
The first tally was 3,449-1,641, with Townsend up by 1,808 votes.
McComb said she was disappointed in the outcome.
"I don't know if there's anything profound that a losing candidate can say. I think everyone's anticipation was that there would be a greater voter turnout," she said.
"I'm not about to throw stones," McComb added. "It is what it is."
McComb was taking her first shot at elected office, but said she would still pay attention to what's happening at city hall.
"I think for me, it has been a really valuable journey. I intend on staying involved," McComb said. "I think it's a necessity for people who care to have a voice, and I hope to do that in any way I can."
Also on the ballot for city council were Wayne Roth and Arlene Buetow for the Central Ward, Position 5 seat and Val Tollefson and Dick Haugan for the North Ward, Position 7 seat.
The first vote count has put Tollefson in the win with 66.1 percent of the vote. Roth, who earned 61.4 percent of the vote, will join Townsend and Tollefson on the council in January.