CLINTON — Seth Odor defeated Ed O’Neill on Tuesday in a hotly contested race to fill the Ward 3 Clinton City Council seat.

Beginning Jan. 1, Odor will assume the Ward 3 seat after defeating incumbent O’Neill by a count of 306 votes to 167 votes, garnering roughly 65 percent of the total votes. Odor will transition from his current seat of At-Large council member.

There were no write-in votes collected for that race, according to the Clinton County Auditor’s website.

After securing the victory Tuesday night, Odor expressed gratitude to his constituents, as well as optimism for the future of Clinton.

“The first word that comes to mind is that I’m very ‘humbled’ by all my supporters, and everyone who helped me during this campaign by using social media, word of mouth, and really anything to get the word out,” Odor said Tuesday. “The big thing I heard when I was out campaigning was that just being available to our citizens is the most important thing, so that’s my number one priority.”

Odor thanked O’Neill for being a role model for him on the council during his time as an At-Large member, and for “running a great campaign.”

Other races featured on the Clinton ballot Tuesday were for the two At-Large council seats, seats which were claimed by current At-Large council member Sean Connell and newcomer Bill Schemers. Connell tallied 1,016 votes, and Schemers collected 895 votes. Reese Petersen garnered 383 votes, failing to claim a seat.

Four write-in votes were tallied for the At-Large seats as well.

Julie Allesee maintained her Ward 1 council seat after running unopposed, collecting 152 votes. One write-in vote was received.

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