Edmond Mack, a Democrat, topped his Republican challenger by a nearly 2-to-1 margin.
Two years ago, only 40 votes stood between Edmond Mack and then-incumbent Mark Butterworth in the race for the city's Ward 8 council seat.
On Tuesday, more than 400 votes separated the two.
Mack, a Democrat, topped his Republican challenger by a nearly 2-to-1 margin Tuesday. Mack had 1,063 votes (64 percent) to Butterworth's 600 votes (36 percent), according to unofficial results.
"We have a great group of young freshmen councilman," Mack said about some of his colleagues. "Each one acted like this race was their own race. They were an incredible part of helping us achieve a successful result."
Mack said Butterworth ran a great campaign and that he hopes to work with him on other endeavors to help the city. Butterworth was surprised by the outcome.
"I'm very disappointed, but the voters have spoken," he said. "I really thought I'd have a different result. It's frustrating, but numbers don't lie."
In other council races:
• Bill Smuckler, who has 24 years of council experience, will return to council after a two-year absence. Smuckler (32.37 percent), incumbent Democrat James Babcock (26.36 percent) and independent Richard Hart (21.88 percent) won at-large council seats Tuesday. Democrat Roland Burns was the odd man out, finishing with 19.4 percent of the vote. Hart served as Ward 7 councilman for five terms from 1998 to 2007 and one term as Ward 10 councilman from 1990 to 1991.
"I'm excited to be back," said Smuckler, who added that he's looking forward to working with many members of council who weren't on board when he left.
• In Ward 1, Democrat Greg Hawk won a seventh term by defeating independent Kevin Destefano, 321 votes (66 percent) to 163 votes (34 percent).
• In Ward 4, Democrat Chris Smith held off two challengers, Republican Jason Eddy and independent Doyle Walker, to win a fourth term. Smith garnered 614 votes (82 percent) with Walker coming in a distant second with 82 votes (11.5 percent) and Eddy finishing last with 49 votes (6.5 percent).
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