Elections

Welch unseats Ipson in runoff election for Hannibal council seat

Colin Welch, left, defeated incumbent Gordon Ipson, right, for the 5th Ward seat on the Hannibal City Council after a runoff election Tuesday.
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 19, 2017 9:15 am Updated: Apr. 19, 2017 10:25 am

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Challenger Colin Welch officially defeated incumbent Gordon Ipson for his 5th Ward seat on the Hannibal City Council.

The Marion County clerk's office reported that Welch received 116 votes to Ipson's 61 in the city's runoff election Tuesday. The election totals include Ralls County, where only 15 residents turned out to vote.

"I'm super-excited. Of course, anybody who runs for office wants to win," Welch said shortly after receiving messages from various people that he had won. "I really enjoyed campaigning. My favorite part was getting out and talking to people."

Two weeks ago, Welch received more votes than Ipson during the municipal election, but because he did not receive 50 percent or more votes than Ipson or the third candidate, Richard Garrett, the top two vote-getters were required to square off in a runoff election, per Hannibal city charter.

"It was a trying time for my nerves," Welch said.

Although Ipson will pass his City Council seat to Welch, he said he does not intend to quit being involved in the community. Ipson said he hopes to be appointed to a city commission, such as the Hannibal Housing Authority.

Ipson has represented the 5th Ward since July, when he was appointed to fill the position vacated by Mayor James Hark.