MERCER — Kimberly Doss held off a write-in challenge from incumbent Farrell Mayor Olive McKeithan Tuesday.
Doss, a Farrell city councilwoman, tallied 644 votes. While the write-in votes won’t be tallied for at least another week, only 298 Farrell residents cast write-in ballots in the city mayoral race, assuring Doss’ victory.
All results are unofficial pending ratification by the Mercer County Election Board.
Doss won a three-way Democratic primary election in May over McKeithan and Andrew Harkulich, a labor leader with the United Steelworkers union and president of the Mercer County Democratic Party.
In addition to her service on council, Doss has been chairwoman of the Farrell Strategic Planning and Economic Development Board and was a member of the Mercer County Regional Planning Commission.
McKeithan announced late in the general election campaign that she would seek to hold the office she has held since 2008. She had been seeking a fourth term in office in the primary election.
For Farrell City Council, Terrence Crumby and Albert Rock, who won Democratic nominations in the May primary, were unopposed. Crumby finished with 676 votes and Rock had 672.
Crumby and Rock will fill seats now occupied by council members Dan Dragicevic, who was defeated in the primary, and Annette Morrison, who did not seek re-election.
Doss’ move to mayor will leave a vacancy on council. Her term on council runs through the 2021 election.