Residents of Keller will have two different races on the special runoff election ballot next month.
In the race for mayor of Keller, Pat McGrail, the former mayor, requested a recount after he came up a handful of votes short of winning the three-way May election outright, according to the unofficial Tarrant County election results.
To win, a candidate needed to get more than 50 percent of the vote. Even though longshot Kris Jara only received about 1.5 percent, neither McGrail nor current Mayor Pro Tem Rick Barnes got more than half.
A committee in the Tarrant County elections office conducted a manual recount Wednesday afternoon. The results were slightly different than the unofficial results on election night, but they did not change the outcome.
According to official results from the recount, Barnes got 1,737 votes, 48.18 percent. McGrail got 1,786 votes, 49.55 percent. Jara got 56 votes, 1.55 percent of the vote. Of the 3,604 total ballots cast in Keller, there were 25 undervoted ballots in the race, meaning the voter submitted a ballot but did not vote in the mayoral election.
For context, the unofficial results on election night reflected 3,584 votes and had Barnes at 1,741 votes, 48.58 percent; McGrail at 17,87 votes, 49.86 percent; and Jara at 56 votes, 1.56 percent.
Because none of the mayoral candidates got 50 percent, the top two vote-getters, Barnes and McGrail, are headed to a runoff election June 10. Early voting will be May 30-June 2.
The Place 6 City Council race also ended with no one getting half of the vote, so the top two vote-getters — newcomer Tag Green, 47.45 percent, and former council member Mitch Holmes, 34.13 percent — will be on the runoff ballot.
Place 5 on the City Council was won and has been assumed by Chris Whatley, who ran unopposed after incumbent Bill Hodnett withdrew from the race immediately after the deadline to file.
Until after the runoff, current Mayor Mark Mathews and Place 6 council member Barnes will remain in office.