The former mayor of a Texas town won a nail-biter election to represent Lexington's 5th Urban County Council District.
Preliminary vote totals showed retiree Cheryl Feigel defeating insurance salesman Edward Norton by 67 votes in the race to replace incumbent David Stevens, who chose not to seek re-election.
"I am absolutely delighted that the folks had confidence in me, and I hope to do a great job for the people that live in the 5th District," said Feigel, a former mayor of Colleyville, Texas.
While the District 5 race dragged on into the evening, the three other contested council races were decided about 90 minutes after the polls closed in Fayette County.
Diane Lawless won the vacant District 3 seat, and incumbents K.C. Crosbie and Peggy Henson handily won their re-election bids.
In the 5th District race, Norton, 58, is considering asking for a recount, he said. His supporters want him to, but he wants to talk to Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins before making a decision, he said.
"From what I'm told, it's not likely the votes will change, but I owe it to my supporters just to double-check," Norton said.
Feigel, 61, said she isn't surprised that Norton is considering a recount.
"It's such a close race," she said. "I probably would do the same thing."
Inside New Circle Road between Winchester and Tates Creek roads, the 5th District is home to some of the city's older, more walkable neighborhoods, including Ashland Park and Chevy Chase.
With the selection of Feigel and Lawless, the number of women on the 15-member council next year will be six, which equals the highest number of women on the council in the history of merged government. The only other time the council had six women was in January 1994.
Mayor Jim Newberry plans to hold an informal coffee-and-doughnuts get-together with the current council and the newly elected members at 9 a.m. Friday in the his office. Newberry held a similar event at his house the Friday after he was elected mayor in 2006.
Lawless easily beat Eric Thomason in the race to replace Dick DeCamp as the District 3 representative. DeCamp could not run again because of term limits.
"I'm really glad it's over," said Lawless, 56. "I'm looking forward to working as hard on the council as I did as a candidate. ... I'm very honored that so many people put their trust in me, and I will do everything I can to be the best council person I can be."
Lawless said that one of the first things she wants to tackle when she takes office is consistent enforcement of existing ordinances and getting city departments to work together in a common-sense manner.
Crosbie, 38, a sales representative for Merck & Co. Inc., was elected to her second term.
"I'm thrilled," she said. "I'm just excited that it's over and excited that the voters have the confidence to re-elect me to serve another two years."
Crosbie defeated Chris Logan, 41, pastor of Bethel Assembly of God.
Henson, 53, was elected to her first full term. She was appointed by Newberry as the District 11 representative in January to serve out the unexpired term of Richard Moloney, who had to resign by law when he took a job with the state.
Henson defeated Logan Weiler III, 36, who owns whatshakin.com, a print and Web design company.
"The campaign was a new experience for me so I had to learn very quickly," Henson said.