Winner Declared In City Council Race

A winner is declared in a tied Salyersville City Council after a recount finds some votes were mis-counted.

On election night, Magoffin County election clerks said Jeff Ross and Ray Nickles tied with 224 votes each.

During a recanvass Thursday morning , officials discovered some absentee votes were not counted correctly on election night.

After that, officials counted the votes a third time, and declared Ross the winner by two votes.

“It feels great! It feels great! I can't wait to get working for the city and the people of Salyersville and the whole county of Magoffin County,” Ross said.

This is Ross' first time winning an election.


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  • by Luke Location: Mashfork on Nov 17, 2008 at 12:58 PM
    Congrats Jeff, If I lived in the big town, I woulda voted for You, Congrats again !!
  • by IsJERRYZKid Location: Nationwide on Nov 15, 2008 at 08:38 AM
    No I do not think it's odd that Jeff would be on top on results and know there would be a recount on a certain day. I think Jeff's ties to the communtity and being a well versed individual shows that He knows how politics work and was aware of improper voting that would allow him the win. Jeff is an asset and looks as the common folk as people not just numbers
  • by jeff ross Location: salyersville on Nov 14, 2008 at 10:25 PM
    The advertisement that I placed said: "BIG" Jeff Ross would like to thank all the people who voted for me as your new city councilman", it did not say for electing me as your new city councilman. I had no idea that I was the winner until the 13th, when the recanvass was conducted. There was simply a mistake made in the counting of the votes on election night and they were corrected at the time of the recanvass. To inmply that I knew I was the winner is a little drastic. I meant what I said about wanting to help the city of Salyersville and all the citizens of Magoffin County. I want to have a city that we can all be proud of and not be embarrased when asked oh, you're from Magoffin County. I do want to do what is right and legal when it comes to the business of being a councilman. This election proves that are people out there that are truly ready for change in the city of Salyersville and I just want to say THANKS again for your vote and support on election day! Your vote DOES COUNT !!
  • by A Happy Voter Location: Salyersville on Nov 14, 2008 at 03:24 PM
    I would like correct the previous comment about a "suspicious" ad placed by Jeff Ross. The ad says " Big Jeff Ross would like to thank all the people who voted for me as you new city councilman." The word ELECTED was no where in this ad. For those of you who know anything about elections in Salyersville would know that this election and many specific people were working deligently against Jeff Ross and NOT for him. There are many like myself who are thrilled to see someone who will work for the PEOPLE of Salyersville and not for the benefit of those who hold public offices for selfish reasons. We need honesty in city government and I know Jeff Ross is a step in that direction. It seems to me that people who are looking for suspicious activity should look into those who are currently "running" (I use this term loosely) the city, not those who were trying to get elected to help correct some major flaws in our city. I think we are about to see some positive changes!
  • by some people are so stupid Location: county on Nov 14, 2008 at 01:52 PM
    for those of you that do not understand the content of the peice that was put in the paper.... mr. ross put that piece in THANKING those who VOTED for him!! not meaning THANK YOU I'VE already WON. you need to get the facts straight before you start accusing.
  • by KY Location: County Resident on Nov 13, 2008 at 07:46 PM
    I bought the Salyersville Independent Newspaper very early Thursday morning Way before the tied votes were counted. The paper contained an ad from Jeff Ross stating that he wanted to thank all the voters for electing him as the New City Council Member. He placed this ad before he even knew if he had won. That just seems a little suspicious that he ALREADY knew he had won even before the votes were counted. Is there anyone else that thinks this is a little odd? Just wondering.

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