MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The ballots were cast and the votes counted, but there is no clear winner in Montgomery's District 7 City Council election. With 96 percent of the precincts reporting, Jenny Ives had 33 percent, Arch Lee had 30 percent and Isaiah Sankey finished in third with 19 percent of the vote. So Jenny Ives and Arch Lee will face off against each other in a runoff.
Both of the leading candidates celebrated with their supporters. Ives watched the returns at the Jubilee Seafood restaurant, while Lee at his home in Old Cloverdale. The candidates said the lessons they learned over the past six weeks will serve them well during the runoff campaign.
"Never stop working, listen to what the people have to say and we're grateful for their time that they give us, and again to work hard for them," Lee said.
"We worked our plan, and we stuck to our plan, and I'm pleased, just very, very pleased with the result, " Ives said.
Both candidates said they would continue to address the issues important to voters across the district.
"Being able to address the crime and involving the neighborhoods, being able to address what's happening economically in Montgomery," Ives said. "Working as a team is very important to me, working as a team."
"The crime, the blight, getting rid of that, bringing in new development, keeping the farmers market open, the things, Fairview, across the board it's the same, it hadn't changed," Lee said.
The turnout in the district was at about 18 percent, which is relatively low compared to other elections. The highest turnout was in Cloverdale, which favored Lee and Ives. Isaiah Sankey, who finished third, said he was disappointed with the turnout, especially in the West Montgomery precincts. He said he wasn't sure if he was going to endorse a candidate.
The runoff election will be April 19th.