Bo Patterson and William Thursbay each noted the work that went into Tuesday’s Port St. Joe municipal election.
For the two, the effort paid off.
Patterson easily won a second two-year term as the Group II commissioner with a win over political newcomer Eddie Fields.
Thursbay, also making his first foray into the political arena, beat fellow newcomer David Ashbrook to win the Group I seat being vacated by first-term Commissioner Bill Kennedy.
Results are unofficial until the canvassing board meets Wednesday. There were three provisional ballots to be counted, though they will not impact either race.
Supervisor of Elections John Hanlon predicted a turnout of 32-33 percent. By poll closing, 35 percent of the city’s registered voters had cast ballots.
Patterson saw a lead built by early voting and absentee ballots hold up after the precinct count; Thursbay came from 27 votes down with precinct numbers.
Thursbay garnered 55 percent of the vote, 474 votes, to Ashbrook’s 45 percent, or 382 votes.
Ashbrook immediately shook Thursbay’s hand and congratulated him on working his “rear end” off.
“I worked hard and it paid off,” Thursbay said. “The people of Port St. Joe are great people. Without my family I could not have done this.”
Patterson had a healthy lead, over 70 percent of the vote, after the early and absentee votes were counted, a lead that only barely narrowed with the final numbers.
Patterson took 589 votes, or 68 percent, compared to 272 votes, or 32 percent for Fields.
“I am very happy with the results,” Patterson said. “It was a tough race. I worked the early votes hard and I knocked on doors. I worked hard and I am very proud of the results.”
The only remaining seat up for balloting this year was that held by Mayor Mel Magidson who, after being unopposed, was able to observe Tuesday’s outcome without worrying about numbers.
“I just thank everybody who gave me an opportunity again,” said Magidson, who earned his fourth term. “I appreciate the gratification of people with what we have been doing.
“Six years and I think we are heading in the right direction.”