WATERVILLE — Bridgeport Mayor Steve Jenkins is Douglas County’s newest county commissioner, securing his narrow lead against incumbent Mary Hunt on Wednesday in the latest post-election vote tally.
Hunt conceded the election around 6 p.m. Wednesday in a phone call to her challenger, Jenkins said this morning.
He also said he’ll be resigning soon as Bridgeport’s mayor to begin the transition to his new commissioner post. “It’s clear to me that I can’t give my best to both jobs,” he said. “So I’ll be encouraging the council to take fast action in finding my replacement.”
In Wednesday’s count, Jenkins took 50.8 percent of the vote (5,906) against Hunt’s 48.7 percent (5,654). That put him 252 votes ahead of the incumbent with about 200 votes left to count.
“But some of these are problem votes — for various reasons — and there aren’t enough of them to make a difference in the results,” Jenkins said.
This morning, Hunt didn’t return phone calls or e-mails asking for a comment on the latest election results.
Jenkins said he will meet individually with Bridgeport council members on Monday and Tuesday to discuss his transition from mayor to commissioner. “We have a lot of options to consider,” he said.
Options could include an interim appointment to fill the vacant mayor’s seat while a permanent replacement is found, Jenkins said. He could also sign on as a consultant to the town to wrap up any unfinished business that would require his background knowledge, he added.
Jenkins said he hoped the council “would act fast” to make a decision at its next meeting on Nov. 23.