DENISON, Texas (KXII) "Truly blessed and honored and humbled," said Denison's newest council member Rayce "Coach" Guess.
A former Denison assistant football coach is now the city's newest council member. But Guess said his run wasn't traditional.
"Relief? Definitely," Guess said in a phone conversation with News 12. "It's been an election full of twists and turns."
Election board officials said it was the first time in Grayson County history for a run off election to come down to a coin flip after Guess and Brian Hander both tied with 219 votes behind Charles Shearer's 253 votes in May.
State law dictated a game of chance to break that tie and determine who gets in the run off.
After Guess won that coin toss, he then faced Shearer in the run off and came out on top, getting 481 votes to Shearer's 457 votes. 24 votes made the difference.
"Charlie actually called me today and congratulated me today on the campaign, on our hard work," Guess said. "And I also commended him because I knew I had to work hard because I had a formidable opponent."
Guess thanked God for not only giving him one but two chances to be elected.
"And looking forward to working with the council men and woman and working with them and do what I can to help the City of Denison," Guess said.
Guess added as a council member he wants to focus on the elderly and making sure they're a group not forgotten.