The votes have been totaled and now its time for the winners of the At-Large seats on the Clay County Council to get to work.
With the opportunity to vote for three of five candidates, voters elected three Democrats to the council.
Of the 28,910 votes cast in the election, the candidates received the following votes, Democrats Michael McCullough (6,697), Brian L. Wyndham (5,914) and Charles A. "Chip" Hoskins (5,550), and Republicans Rick E. Neier (5,392) and Warren Stevenson (5,357).
"The first priority will be, and always should be, to ensure the financial status of Clay County remains solid," McCullough, who will be serving his fourth term, said. "It's solid now and we want to keep it that way. We also want to work toward the future and develop ways to promote our county."
Being new on the council, Wyndham, who is currently a member of the County Redevelopment Commission, expects to spend some time learning his new position.
"The current council has done a great job with the budget, Wyndham said. "I want to ensure that the county can continue to afford what it needs -- like road repairs, redevelopment and maintaining the sheriff's department -- while preparing for the future. I'd also like to help the rural areas of the county to grow as well."
Also looking forward to helping improve the county, Hoskins believes road improvements and securing new industry will be a top priority.
"We need to make (road) repairs, but I think we need new industry more," Hoskins said. "I've worked at Great Dane since it opened, and if it closed, we'd have some real problems. We need jobs, and to do that we need to bring businesses and new industry to the county."