BALLINGER - A close runoff election for the Single Member District 2 seat on the Ballinger City Council resulted in a victory for Richard Morrish.

BALLINGER -  A close runoff election for the Single Member District 2 seat on the Ballinger City Council resulted in a victory for Richard Morrish.

Morrish received 59 votes to Galvan’s 10 votes. Morrish will fill the seat of  Mayor Pro-Tem Darlene Kelly who reached her term limit and could not run for re-election.

“Thank you to the voters of Single Member District 2 for their confidence in me,” Morrish said. “My purpose is to work with the other council members to build a better Ballinger. Ballinger has been an integral part of my family for many years and I will serve the city with honesty and integrity.”

There were 48 votes cBALLINGERast in early voting and a total of 69 votes cast in the runoff election.

On Tuesday Nov. 7, Morrish received 70 votes to Galvan’s 58. Amanda Collom received 51 votes according to the final tally. No candidate received the required 50.1 percent of the vote required by the Ballinger city charter so a runoff election was called between the two top vote recipients.

Morrish, a 1958 Ballinger High School graduate, is retired after working 30 years in the gas processing industry. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He has said bringing a dependable water source to Ballinger is a top priority and that his experience will help him make decisions to do “what’s best for Ballinger.”