KINGSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — It’s been a long two weeks to decide a local mayoral election that separated the candidates by a handful of votes.
All of the votes have been tabulated and Tuesday night we have a winner — even if the results are not considered “officially official”. It was two weeks ago Tuesday the election was held for Kingston Mayor. After 14 days, dozens of provisional and write-in ballots, and one lead flip, we have a winner.
After an exhaustive two weeks, ballot counting at the Luzerne County Bureau of Elections has come to an end in the race for Kingston Mayor.
“It looks like Coslett is up by 11 votes for the Kingston Mayor race. All of the write-ins have been counted. All of the provisionals have been counted,” Luzerne County Bureau of Elections deputy director Eryn Harvey said.
The final tally shows Democrat Jeff Coslett emerged victorious by 11 votes. Initially, Republican candidate Bob Thompson held a narrow lead after the November 2nd general election.
“Nerve wracking, like a roller coaster ride. One day, I’m down 21. Two days later, I’m down one,” Coslett said.
Even as the vote tally began sliding in Coslett’s favor, the political newcomer says he decided to play it cool and not declare victory.
“I didn’t want to put the cart before the horse. I just wanted to make sure it was done and was done right and out of respect for the process, out of respect for Bobby I just didn’t want to… I didn’t want to say anything until I knew for sure,” Coslett said.
At the Kingston Municipal Building, officials waited for word to trickle down on who won the mayor’s race between Coslett, a former Kingston police officer, and Thompson, a veteran council member.
“I’ve worked with Jeff (Coslett) for 17 years and I’ve served with Bob (Thompson) in an Administrator-Council relationship for 24 years so whoever it is, I look forward to working with either one,” Kingston administrator Paul Keating said.
“There’s definitely a lot I have to learn but I don’t worry about that. I look forward to working with Paul (Keating). I look forward to working with the council. The idea was to do this to better Kingston and that’s what I plan on doing,” Coslett said.
The first signing of the Luzerne County election was happening Tuesday. The second and final signing is scheduled for Monday which will then make Coslett’s victory official.