Boat dealer Ron Williams was the choice of voters Tuesday to fill a vacancy on Lexington Town Council.
Williams received 355 votes – nearly a third of the 1,216 cast overall – to win his second try after losing a separate contest to fill a previous vacancy last month, according to unofficial results.
The outcome capped an unusual race solely among write-in candidates.
A field of nine known challengers developed after no one qualified for the ballot due to insufficient signatures on nominating petitions.
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The situation led some town leaders to call that requirement an antiquated barrier that should be repealed.
But a deadlock over ending it has occurred as others defend petitions as a sign of commitment forcing candidates to listen to residents’ concerns in the steadily growing town of 18,000.
Each write-in candidate sought to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Danny Frazier, who left after a furor over his involvement in advising Internet gambling sweepstakes parlors that were later outlawed.
Williams will serve through December 2015 on the seven-member council, although that period may be extended a year.
Town Council is moving to shift local elections from odd- to even-numbered years concurrent with federal and state election starting in 2016 in hope of increasing low turnout.