ATLANTIC — It was a close race — in the end there were only eight votes between the winner and second place. In the race for the Atlantic City Council at large seat, newcomer Grace Garrett beat out incumbent Dana Halder 517 votes to 509 votes.
A total of 1,030 votes were cast — Garrett receiving 50.19 percent and Halder receiving 49.42 percent. There were four write in votes cast.
Garrett said she wanted to thank Atlantic residents for showing up and coming out to vote.
“I’m looking forward to serving (the residents of Atlantic),” she said.
She said she was surprised when results were released, but also had been following along with reports and said she wasn’t sure how it would go, “as the night went on, I thought I had a chance.”
This is the first city position she has held, and she said she was a “good team player, but also not afraid to lead.”
She said she was looking forward to serving, “my neighbors and my town,” and said while she didn’t want to go into this with her own agenda, she hoped she and those she will be serving, “can grow together,” working on making Atlantic “a great place to call home.”
She said Dana Halder had “run a very close race,” and wished him well in the future. “He has served well on the city council,” she said.