With more than 71 percent of the vote, Craig Ackerman won by a landslide in the Melissa City Council election for Place 5.

On Saturday night Ackerman expressed his excitement to begin his new position.

“It’s an exciting opportunity and I’m looking forward to continue to serve the people of Melissa in a different aspect in a different role, now as a council member,” he said.

In all, 489 votes were cast in the election. Ackerman picked up 348 votes.

“They decided I was the best, most qualified candidate for the job,” Ackerman said. “Which is something I am truly humbled by and appreciative of.”

Ackerman will take his place on the council later this month. He is taking over Tom Steven’s seat, who resigned with one year left in his term.

Heather Martin picked up the second most votes with 82 votes and nearly 17 percent of the vote.

“I’m just really thankful to everybody who helped on my campaign, and you’ll see me again next year,” Martin said.

Justin Landrith received 8 percent of the vote. He released a statement on his election Facebook page after the results came on election night.

“The results are in and a big congratulations to Craig Ackerman on being the next member of the city council of Melissa,” the post read. “Craig has a huge place for Melissa in his heart and will do great things for Melissa. Thank you to those who voted for me and supported me while I ran. It means a lot to me and my family.”

The Anna-Melissa Tribune reached out to Donna West, who received 3 percent of the vote, regarding the results but was told she had no comment.