RUSSELLVILLE — Four years ago, David Palmer found himself in a runoff with Jeff Masterson, who defeated Palmer by 30 votes to win the District 1 seat on City Council.
On Tuesday, Palmer and Masterson were once again in a runoff, but this time it was Palmer who emerged victorious.
Palmer, who is the Franklin County engineer, said he’s had four opportunities in the past four years to meet and talk to everyone in his district, which likely played a major part in his victory.
“I think that resonates with a lot of people,” Palmer said.
He said the 22 years he has spent working in county government will help him make the transition to City Hall.
Palmer said he wants to help Russellville become the type of town that more people want to invest in.
He will take office Nov. 6.
Masterson, an employee of Norfolk Southern Railway, has held the District 1 seat for the past four years. He said he has no hard feelings over the outcome of the race.
“I’ve enjoyed the last four years as councilman,” Masterson said.
“I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned a lot about people, including myself. As for this election, I’m satisfied with the effort, just disappointed with the outcome. However, I’m happy for the city of Russellville because I know each member of the next administration personally and I know what kind of heart they have to lead our town.”