After edging Anna City Council member Alonzo Tutson by one vote in last month’s election, Josh Vollmer received nearly 63 percent of the votes cast in Saturday’s runoff to win the Place 2 seat.
Vollmer received 93 of the 148 total votes cast to win the council seat. Tutson received 55 votes in the election. Vollmer’s 93 votes beat his total in the regular election last month, when he edged Tutson 86-85. Those vote totals accounted for 36.44 percent and 36.02 percent respectively, while candidate Bill Morgan received the other 27.54 percent with 65 votes.
Vollmer, who is vice president of the city’s Economic Development Corporation and the Community Development Corporation, previously told the Anna-Melissa Tribune he is running for a council seat to help ensure “controlled and positive” growth for the city.
“I have a passion for seeing economic growth in our city and bringing that revenue to ease the tax burden on us citizens, along with obtaining the necessary businesses so that we no longer need to leave the city to find entertainment options,” he said. “Anna needs to transition from being a bedroom community to a city that provides for the citizens, gives them options and a reason to stay, while also maintaining the heritage and history.”
Tutson was appointed to the council last year and also serves as president of the Anna CDC board and vice president of the Anna EDC board.
Vollmer’s win makes him the only new council member this year, as the other two council races on the ballot last month saw decisive wins for the incumbents.
In the Place 4 race, council member Chris Reeves received 152 votes to challenger Bryan Heath’s 81, while council member Lee Miller received more than 80 percent — 175 votes — of the ballots cast in the Place 6 election. Place 6 challenger John Houcek received 43 votes for 19.72 percent of the ballots cast.
The council is expected to canvass the election results during an upcoming meeting and make them official.