Victoria picks new City Council member (video)
June 15, 2013 at 1:15 a.m.
Updated June 16, 2013 at 1:16 a.m.
A new Victoria city councilman will take the oath of office Tuesday after winning the runoff election.
Dr. Andrew Young, 39, defeated incumbent Joe Truman, 50, in the race to represent Super District 5, the southern half of Victoria.
In complete but unofficial results, Young, who co-owns Podiatry Associates of Victoria, took 676, or 54.1 percent of the votes. Truman, vice president of Truman Transfer and Storage, had 573 votes, or 45.9 percent.
Young is the second newcomer to the council from this year's round of elections. Jeff Bauknight won District 3 in the May 11 election without needing a runoff.
Young said he felt relief and satisfaction after the long election season ended Saturday night.
"I want to thank everyone for coming out to vote for me for Super District 5 today," Young said. "It's been an amazing day, and it's truly been an amazing race."
He worried how Father's Day weekend might affect the race, which was already predicted to have a low turnout.
To make up for those obstacles, Young said, he spent the day going door to door, motivating people to go vote.
Of the 15,096 eligible voters, 1,450 people, or about 9.6 percent, cast ballots. One was returned blank.
During the May 11 election, Young took the lead 583 votes to Truman's 467. A third candidate, former councilman Gabriel Soliz, took 462 votes.
"The whole process has been very overwhelming," Young said. "The support that's been shown to me has been amazing. I will live up to it."
With major issues facing the City Council, including adopting a new budget and several big-ticket infrastructure projects to prioritize, Young said he is starting with a steep learning curve but is eager to get to work.
"I look forward to following in (Truman's) footsteps, serving Victoria and continuing to move Victoria in a good direction," Young said.
Truman, after serving four years on City Council, said he is glad the election is over.
"I know he (Young) is going to do a great job for us," Truman said. "It's tough to lose, but it's not so bad when you lose to a worthy opponent."
At a small celebration Saturday evening at Young's house, former Mayor Will Armstrong and other community leaders congratulated Young on his new role in the city.
"I'm excited for Victoria," Armstrong said. "There are many opportunities, and I think the majority of council will be able to take advantage of them, and Victoria will be a better place."
Young's wife, Kelly, served as his treasurer during the campaign.
She said the process has had its ups and downs - even nerve-wracking sometimes - but has been great, nonetheless.
"Andrew is the most genuine person I have ever met," she said. "He loves his family, and he loves this town."