LEWISBURG — Elijah Farrell won election to Lewisburg Borough Council by a margin of six votes following a count of absentee ballots Wednesday, according to Union County election officials.
Farrell, a Democrat, defeated Republican candidate Rudy Mummey 145 to 139, Commissioner John Showers, an election board member, said.
Farrell led by 10 votes Tuesday night after votes cast at the voting machines were tallied in the borough’s Ward 4. The race was too close to call and came down to 24 absentee ballots counted Wednesday.
Mummey made up ground but it wasn’t enough to overcome Farrell’s slim lead. One military ballot hasn't yet been counted, Showers said. It won't affect the final outcome, however.
Farrell will serve as one of two representatives of Ward 4 when he takes office Jan. 6. There are eight council members, two from each of the borough’s four wards.
Incumbents Michael Derman, a Republican representing Ward 1, and Democrat Jordi Comas of Ward 2 were re-elected with 114, according to unofficial returns. Debra Sulai, a Democrat of the Ward 3, also won election to the council.