After two recounts and a wait for the overseas ballots to come in, the Seminole election results became official Friday.
Thom Barnhorn was the top vote-getter with 4,549, or about 37.7 percent of the ballot. Jim Quinn came in second with 4,302, or about 32.8 percent of the vote. And Tom Christy was close third with 4,273, or about 32.6 percent of the ballot.
Incumbents Barnhorn and Quinn will take the two available seats on the council. Christy, who was making his seventh try for a place on the council, is out in the cold again.
The narrow margin separating Quinn and Christy sparked both a machine and a hand recount earlier this week. With only 28 votes separating the two, a final decision had to wait until Friday when the overseas mail ballots were counted. At count’s end, each had picked up one vote so that Quinn retained his 28-vote lead to be declared the winner.
Barnhorn is a financial adviser who has served on the council since 2006 except for a few months in 2009. He lost the election that year but was appointed by the board to fill a term when another member resigned. He served as vice mayor from 2008-09 and 2012-2015.
Barnhorn is the vice chair of the Florida League of Cities’ Finance, Taxation and Personnel Committee and serves on the National League of Cities Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Steering Committee and its Small Cities Steering Committee. He is past president of the Suncoast League of Cities.
Quinn has served on the council since March 2010. He’s the current vice mayor. Quinn is a member of the Florida League of Cities Energy& Natural Resources Committee and serves on the Pinellas Sheriff’s Advisory Board. He is vice president of the board of directors of Interfaith Food Pantry and co-chair of the Concerned Citizens of Seminole Garden Apts.