Updated May 9 at 9:40 p.m.
According to unofficial voting results with 31 of 32 precincts reporting, incumbent Anne Sundquist has been re-elected to Position 1 on the Magnolia City Council with 115 votes, or 57.9 percent, compared with opponent Dona Hunt, who has 84 votes, or 42.2 percent.
"I am pleased—I feel like we're going in the right direction," Sundquist said. "I'm glad I will continue to be part [of council]."
In Position 2, John Bramlett has defeated incumbent Jeff Chumley with 106 votes, or 52.4 percent, and Chumley has 96 votes, or 47.5 percent.
"I campaigned hard, and I guess the other opponent did too—it was a very close race," Bramlett said. "I have no ill feelings toward the gentleman. I'm going to do the best I can when I get into office. A lot of the people I talked to had concerns, and I'll address those during the appropriate time on City Council. The people have spoken, and it's time to move forward."
Sundquist was first elected to serve on the Magnolia City Council in 2011. For 13 years, Sundquist served as president of the Greater Magnolia Chamber of Commerce until 2009. She previously worked as a teacher and administrator for nearly 30 years in the area.
A 14-year resident of the Magnolia area, Hunt serves as executive director of the Greater Magnolia Chamber of Commerce. If elected, Hunt said she plans to continue working at the chamber and will abstain from voting on chamber-related issues.
Chumley is the owner of Chumley’s Towing and Recovery and has lived in Magnolia for more than 40 years. He was first elected to serve on the Magnolia City Council in 2011 and ran unopposed for a second term in 2013.
Bramlett has been a Magnolia resident since 1976. Bramlett was first elected to Magnolia City Council in 1983 and served as mayor of Magnolia in 1984 and again from 1992-2001. He was re-elected to City Council from 2007-11 and has worked as the city’s code enforcement officer for the past three years. Previously, Bramlett worked in public education for more than 30 years. He is also a board member with the city’s 4A Economic Development Corporation and 4B Community Development Corporation.
All results are unofficial until canvassed.