Jones wins Gainesville Ward 3 after final ballot tossed

May 16—Council results confirmed

Randy Jones has been officially named the newest member of the Gainesville City Council.

After some questions about the validity of a mail-in ballot, a special meeting of the Gainesville City Council was held to canvas the results of the May 4 on Tuesday.

Less than an hour before the special session, the Texas Secretary of State sent the official written statement saying that the final ballot was not valid, making Jones the victor.

"I'm just anxious to get to work," said Jones. "I retired at the end of last year, and now this is my new full-time job."

The swearing in of Jones, as well as the renewing of oaths by City Municipal Court Judge Chris Cypert and council members Jeff Johnson and Mary Jo Dollar will be held at the next regularly scheduled council meeting on May 21.