PALMER — A day following the Palmer city election, the races are too close to call.
A total of 419 ballots have been counted, and 141 still could be considered Friday afternoon before the races become official.
Current Palmer mayor Edna DeVries has 37.6 percent of the vote. Former Palmer mayor Jim Cooper had 34 percent. DeVries leads Cooper 209-190. Cooper held a seven-vote lead when the first batch of results were released at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Richard Best (212) and Jill Valerius (190) added to their advantage in the four-way race for a pair of three-year terms on the Palmer City Council. David Fuller (119) and Lisa Albert-Konecky (97) are trailing.
Steve Carrington (212) extended his lead over Lee Henrikson (166) in the race for the two-year term on the Palmer City Council.
Late Tuesday night, Best was happy to see the number of votes he had received, but discouraged at the low voter turnout in the city of Palmer. Only 8.78 percent of registered voters, 419 of the 4,772 within city limits.
“It’s a little bittersweet. Again, we find ourselves with a diminished participation level and that’s always disheartening,” said Best.
Best noted the economic difficulties suffered at the state level, and was thankful that Palmer has often remained frugal over the years. Best hopes to manage the needs of the citizens and the resources that the city can provide over his three-year term.
“I’m pleased to be serving the community of Palmer again on city council,” said Best.
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