BRADENTON -- The Bradenton City Council certified election day results on Wednesday, formally acknowledging Mayor Wayne Poston's re-election to a fourth term and Gene Brown's election to the council.
Certifying the results of the two elections would "make them official," Carl Callahan, city clerk and treasurer, said.
Poston beat challengers Marianne Barnebey, who had served on the council since 1998, and Richard O'Brien, a University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee professor who made his second bid for public office.
Election day returns showed that Poston got 39 percent of the city's votes, compared to O'Brien's 32 percent and Barnebey's 28 percent.
Bradenton eliminated runoff elections in the primary elections. The candidate with the most votes, not necessarily more than 50 percent of the votes, was declared winner.
Brown, vice president and chief operating officer of Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, won 9,700 votes Tuesday, beating his two opponents, George Mendez and Binnie Williams. Mendez got 4,955 votes and Williams, 2,669.
The Ward 2 council seat became available after Barnebey announced she was running for mayor. Brown will serve Barnebey's remaining two years on her current term.
Poston and Brown will be sworn into office in January.
In other action Tuesday, the council:
n Approved a potable water agreement with Manatee County that will replace prior agreements and be in effect until September 2032. The agreement calls for the county's sale of potable water to Bradenton.
n Approved a special use permit requested by Greene Marine Construction Inc. to construct a single-family boat dock in the 1900 block of Riverview Blvd.
n Approved a special use permit to establish an auto sales and rental business in the 2400 block of First Street West.
n Held a first reading of an ordinance amending the police pension system to add an additional investment option.
The next Bradenton City Council meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Dec. 12 at 101 Old Main St.