Two weeks after the election, Cody J. Horbaczs apparent third-place finish in the Nov. 10 election for Watertown City Council did not hold up.
Longtime incumbent Jeffrey M. Smith surpassed Mr. Horbacz with 1,217 votes, while the political newcomer ended up with 1,163 after absentee ballots were counted.
On election night, Mr. Smith finished fourth. Mr. Horbacz received 1,106 votes, while Mr. Smith ended up with 1,091.
The Jefferson County Board of Elections said 263 absentee ballots were returned in time.
On Monday, Mr. Horbacz said he was still satisfied with the results. I think I had a strong showing, he said. I still feel good, considering I was a relative unknown when this began.
Incumbent Teresa R. Macaluso, who won a second four-year term, remained the top vote-getter with 1,803 votes. Political newcomer Stephen A. Jennings took the second seat up for grabs with 1,491 votes. The results will not become final until the votes are certified.
Mr. Horbacz already has said he intends to run again in 2015. He has formed a committee to look at ways to help local businesses, musicians and artists.
The issue was part of the platform he brought up during the council campaign. He and about eight unidentified people have already met once and intend to get together twice a month to discuss the strategy, he said.
If he decides to run in two years, he may have to face incumbents Roxanne M. Burns and Joseph M. Butler Jr., who are both up for re-election.
Last week, Mr. Butler all but said he would be running for office again, but he would not say whether it was for City Council or mayor. Some people have speculated he may take a shot at winning the job held by Mayor Jeffrey E. Graham.
I enjoy what Im doing, he said.
Meanwhile, Ms. Burns would not talk about her plans.
Its two years out and Im not prepared to give you an answer, she said.