Candidates for Tell City Mayor react to race decided by two votes

TELL CITY, Ind. (WEHT) If you think the Kentucky gubernatorial race was tight, try this on for size. The Tell City, Indiana mayoral race was decided by two votes.

City Councilman Chris Cail defeated current Mayor Jim Adams.

“It’s always nerve wracking,” says Mayor Adams, when asked about close races in Tell City.

“I was excited, very anxious,” adds Cail.

Two candidates, separated by two votes, in a town that’s seen many close finishes.

“You don’t see runaway elections in Tell City, especially for a mayor’s race,” says Mayor Adams.

“I knew it would be close, but not this close,” Cail says.

Cail won the Democratic nomination after defeating his primary opponent by 26 votes earlier this year. He says the time was right to run for mayor after spending several years on city council.

“A lot of emotions go through you when you win something like that. A tight race like that brings out those emotions,” Cail says. “Full of gratitude and gratefulness for those that came and supported me.”

This was the second straight race Mayor Adams was in that involved a margin of only a few votes.

“When I won my race four years ago, I won by 16 votes,” he recalled. He says he’s waiting for the state to certify the vote before deciding if he will request a recount, but he says he is proud of what was accomplished in his first term.

“We are in a very good position right now with projects coming up that we’re hoping to go through, projects that have been approved as far out as 2023. At the same time, projects that we’re looking to get done in the future,” says Mayor Adams.

If there’s a recount, officials with the Perry County Clerk’s Office say the request must be done within two weeks after Election Day and the petitioner must cover the costs.

The mayor’s race wasn’t the only close race in tell city. Republican Julie Conner Kohnert defeated Democrat Chris Axton for the council’s District 2 seat by three votes.

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(This story was originally published on November 6, 2019)

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