David Meeker will join the city council next month

More than a month after the election, Gaston finally has a new city council member.

David Meeker, 50, a resident of Gaston for 15 years and motorcycle mechanic who likes blues music, will be sworn in Jan. 9.

Meeker and Jim Reed tied after they each received three write-in votes. Both attended the council meeting last Wednesday and explained why they would like to serve on the council.

Meeker, who claimed to know most of the business owners in this town of 650, said he wants to help them work with the council.

Meeker first learned of his opportunity when he opened a letter from Gaston City Recorder Margaret Bell, informing him of the tie and inviting him to the meeting.

Current council members cast anonymous ballots, then tallied the results and congratulated Meeker.

“It’s an opportunity and a pleasure to serve the city of Gaston,” Meeker said. “Everybody should serve their community in some way."

A Forest Grove High School graduate, Meeker now helps his brother repair Harley Davidson motorcycles at Rocket Motors in Gaston. He said he thought his father and another council member cast two of the three votes in his favor.

Meeker will spend much of the next month poring over council materials and becoming more familiar with financial statements in preparation for his new duties.

Reed agreed to serve on the budget committee in 2013.

This was the second time in four years that a Gaston council race ended in a tie. In 2008 Rick Kloock Sr. and Dave Benson both received four write-in votes for an empty council slot. The two men agreed to a coin toss and Klook ended up on the council.

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