Residents of Marshall County chose to re-elect Jason "Jake" Padlow as their county commissioner for a fourth term.
The unofficial vote tally indicates Padlow won the election with 4,797 votes, while Republican Bob Miller netted 4,736 votes.
Padlow acknowledged how close the final count was - a 61-vote margin - and congratulated Miller on a good campaign.
During his own campaign, Padlow, a Democrat, looked back on his 12 years serving Marshall County and said he saw a great deal of improvement.
Working together with his fellow commissioners and other county officials, Padlow said he has helped bring new industry to the county.
Among these endeavors are a gypsum plant that makes wallboard, several natural gas processing plants and offices for companies involved with the natural gas industry.
Along with his political experience, Padlow also said his business background further qualifies him for a fourth term of office.
Padlow is the president and chief executive officer of Padlow Inc. and Jerry's Mini Mart Inc., a local, family-run business.
"I want to create jobs, lower taxes, and continue growth," said Padlow.
With the election now behind him, Padlow said he is looking forward to continuing his efforts on the county's behalf.
"We're going to move on and make Marshall County prosper," Padlow said. "I'm going to keep doing my job, and I hope to continue to work with other elected officials to make Marshall County a better place.We're in a good position to do so right now."