Close races defined election night Tuesday in several counties around the area.
Toledo residents overwhelmingly approved a referendum which would allow municipalities to partner together in seeking electricity bids to reduce rates for citizens. Seizing more than 60 percent of the vote, the referendum passed with 152 "yes" votes to 92 "no" votes.
With three open seats on the Jasper County School Board and five candidates running for the positions, Board members Gordon Millsap and Holly Farley both held onto their seats and received the most votes, with 921 and 863 votes respectively. Taking the last open seat was Mandy Rieman with 792 votes, edging out returning candidates Andy Pullen, who received 779 votes, and Jed Earnest, who received 613 votes, all in Jasper County.
Although not a close race, in St. Elmo, Ernie Meyers upset incumbent Mayor Larry Tish, more than doubling the votes Tish received with 278 votes to Tish's 118. Dennis Riley, who did not participate in the mayoral candidate forum in March, received four votes.
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