AMHERST — David Kovacs defeated Andrew Flynn by 12 votes to compete in November for the 4th Ward seat on Amherst Council.
Kovacs collected 110 votes to Flynn’s 98 votes, or 53 percent to 47 percent, unofficially.
“In the immortal words of James Brown, I feel good,” Kovacs said.
Kovacs will face Republican incumbent Matt Nahorn in the fall.
Kovacs spent his evening with his expecting wife, Lara, watching TV and eating a pizza after working at the polls 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Kovacs said he was happy for his victory and credited the win to the efforts of him and his campaign team.
“I wasn’t expecting anything, but I’m a firm believer that if you work hard, good things will come to you — and no one has worked harder than my team and I,” he said.
Kovacs said he isn’t a typical politician and won’t say what areas he will start working on. Instead, he promised to work hard for the residents in the ward to communicate with them and meet their needs.
One of the coolest things he said happened during the process was that his neighbors, who were in a different political party, asked if they could put his campaign sign in their yard.
Flynn received the loss with a sense of optimism that Kovacs will succeed in November.
“Both of us saw an opportunity to better the community, and I think we both ran for that reason so anything we can do to accomplish that, I wish him the best,” he said.
Kovacs has a bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University in nonprofit administration and works as a real estate agent at Keller Williams.