COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A highly contested race for the at-large District 10 seat is headed towards a run-off election.
The race put newcomers Amy Bryan and John House against each other.
Both Bryan and House said they are ready for this next phase and whatever it brings.
"I'm so ecstatic, I didn't know what to expect," said Bryan following the election results.
"It's been great. It's just time to go to work," said House as the votes were still being counted.
Both are newcomers to politics. Bryan and House are experiencing a new surge of energy following their slight victories in Tuesday night's election.
Bryan received 41 percent of the vote and House 34 percent. This seat is vacant after longtime councilor, Skip Henderson, decided to run for mayor.
With less than 50 percent of the vote needed to name a clear winner, another round of campaigning is set to begin.
"I'm just ready for the next steps and ready to see what direction we go. I think the council needs some energy, fresh faces, and some new ideas. So, I'm ready to lend that and hit the ground running," said Bryan.
"It's been encouraging. Even when I didn't think people would vote for me, the message has always been received well," said House.
The run-off election is scheduled for July 24.
The winner will take office immediately to fill the vacant seat.