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Spencer will serve as new mayor of Pinckneyville

PINCKNEYVILLE, IL (KFVS) - Most Heartland communities knew the results of Missouri's General Municipal Election soon after it happened on April 7, 2015.

However, the mayoral candidates in Pinckneyville waited for nearly two weeks for the results to be certified.

As of Tuesday, April 21, Robert Spencer will officially be the mayor of Pinckneyville.

This marks the first time a black man will serve as the mayor in the community.

The mayoral candidates were only separated by five votes, and on April 17, not all the ballots had been counted.

"We have five ballots that are separating the mayor's race in Pinckneyville between Robert Spencer and Fran Thomas," said Tory Woods, Perry Co. election director.

Whether it's picking out council members for the new administration, or working out a recovery plan for what both candidates call a "dated infrastructure in need of attention," we talked to the candidates over the weekend about closeness of the race.

"This election hasn't been decided yet, so all those things are out there hanging that have to be done; and the time is getting shorter and shorter and shorter," Fran Thomas, mayoral candidate, said.

"I'd like to get ready to get started and I know that the people of this town will be looking forward to the end of the race and to looking to get started moving forward," second mayoral candidate, Robert Spencer, said.

Think your vote doesn't count? Well, what about the five votes that separated these two potential mayors?

In fact, officials said only one vote could have tipped the scale.

Even though it was a close call, many residents said they would still feel good about the outcome.

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