El Dorado’s next mayor will not be known for sure until Monday morning.
Only eight votes separated the race between Mike Fagg and John Grange, with Fagg receiving 50.21 percent of the votes or 968 votes. Grange received 960 votes, which was 49.79 percent.
“First of all, I would like to thank all the candidates that ran for local offices,” Fagg said. “I’m sure the community appreciates the candidates caring enough for their community to put their name on the ballot. I’m excited and truly appreciate the possible opportunity to be a public servant for my hometown. Our community has many challenges and opportunities as we look ahead and no matter who wins let’s all work together.”
Grange was surprised with the low voter turnout with candidates running for Butler Trustee, USD 490 Board of Education and city offices.
“I was surprised it was that close,” Grange said. “I would have figured one or the other of us would have been significantly higher. Based on how low voter turnout was I guess this is what we should expect.”
He did encourage those with a provisional ballot to do what they need to in order to have that ballot validated.
“I think it’s important no matter what happens,” he said. “It’s not a real strong mandate one way or the other.”
According to the Butler County Clerk’s office, there were 34 provisional ballots and 18 ballots that would not go through the voting machine.
They will not have the results of those additional votes until the canvassing on Monday morning at the Butler County Commission meeting.