It's Pate by eight

Friday, November 26, 2010

EUREKA SPRINGS -- In a close mayoral runoff contest, Morris Pate won the seat with 335 votes compared to 327 for Beverly Blankenship.

Almost as close was the contest for city clerk, with Ann Armstrong taking the position with 342 votes over Mary Jean Sell's 316.

Counting was completed by 8:30 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Carroll County Courthouse, thanks to early voting.

The vote is unofficial for 10 days until any absentee ballots come in.

When asked for a comment, Pate, who was on hand at the courthouse for the vote count, could only say, "It was a slim margin."

He said he was happy nearly 660 people got out and voted. When asked how he felt now that the election was over, an exhausted Pate said, "I feel tired. I'm going home to bed."

In a comment following her loss, Blankenship told the Lovely County Citizen, "I wish good luck to Morris, I hope he does great things for the city."

Blankenship will now be unable to serve on city council or represent the city on the City Advertising and Promotion Commission.

Pate has extensive experience in different aspects of law enforcement and military service that he said he will draw upon to face the challenges of the mayoral office and the many opportunities to be an ambassador for Eureka Springs.

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