Kim Alstott was indeed the winner of the Fort Dodge City Council race in Ward 4, a recount panel confirmed Wednesday.
After poring over ballots for about 2 1/2 hours, the panel came up with the same results released on the night of the Nov. 8 election.
Those results show that Alstott won by one vote. He secured 563 votes or 49.87 percent of the total.
The Rev. David Barton, left, Allan Redenius, center, and Neven Mulholland, right, work on the recount for the City Council election that saw Kim Alstott winning by one vote over incumbent Councilman Kelly Hindman.
Hindman, who was seeking his second term, won 562 votes or 49.78 percent.
''I'm happy,'' Alstott said Wednesday night. ''I feel like I just won the election. I didn't feel like I won the election 100 percent until now.''
A call seeking comment from Hindman wasn't returned Wednesday.
Hindman said on election night that he would seek a recount. But he added that he didn't think the recount would change the result.
The recount was conducted by the Rev. David Barton, Neven Mulholland and Allan Redenius.
Alstott picked Barton to represent him, while Hindman selected Mulholland. Barton and Mulholland then picked Redenius to fill out the panel.
The three spent the afternoon sorting, counting and recounting paper ballots. By 4 p.m., stacks of ballots covered part of the floor in the Webster County Courthouse conference room where they were working.
''You get an A, Carol,'' Mulholland said to Webster County Auditor Carol Messerly after the recount confirmed the results that her office released.
Alstott will take office in January. He will serve a two-year term representing the north central part of the city.
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