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Melvin wins race and keeps seat as Jacksonville mayor

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JACKSONVILLE (KYTX) -- The results are in after the runoff election for mayor of Jacksonville.  Incumbent Kenneth Melvin won with 586 votes (53%), beating Rob Gowin who had 510 votes (47%).

Incumbent Mayor Kenneth Melvin said he spent the day making phone calls and has had supporters physically take people to the polls to vote. His challenger, 44-year-old Rob Gowin, stood outside the Jacksonville Public Library with his team holding signs and reminding people to vote.

"I have a great deal of respect for both candidates, I just think Rob will better serve the needs of our city.  I think we have some infrastructure problems and old water and sewer lines that need to be addressed," Don Gregg, a voter in Jacksonville, said.

But Judy Bunn cast her ballot for the incumbent.

"I'm voting for Kenneth Melvin, because he's experienced and I think that's important," Bunn said.

Interest in the mayoral race has peaked in the city of Jacksonville. Turnout for the May election was close to 1,000 voters.

Rob Gowin stayed outside the library on Tuesday, hoping to sway undecided voters.

"I'm putting the personal touch on it. Here I am, standing on a street corner in 95 degree temperatures, holding up a sign to last-minute voters," Gowin said.

But 72-year-old Kenneth Melvin is proud of his accomplishments in his 8 years holding a public office.

"We have cut our long-term debt in half. We have not had a tax increase since I've been on council and served as Mayor," Melvin said.

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