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Daniel wins in bid to return to city council
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Interim city manager Wanda Simmons congratulates Ann Daniel after Daniel won a special election Tuesday to return to Rincon City Counicl. - photo by Photo by Pat Donahue

Ann Daniel will return to a seat on Rincon City Council, having outpolled former city council member Leon Zipperer in a special election Tuesday.

Daniel garnered 316 votes to Zipperer’s 242 in their respective quests to fill the seat left open when Scott Morgan resigned from council in December.

“I am ready to go back on council,” she said.

Recent foot surgery kept Daniel from getting around and campaigning as much as she wanted.

“It was a close race,” she said. “I’m really honored the people have elected me.”

Zipperer is the city’s representative on the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority. Had he won, he would have been forced to relinquish his seat on that board.

Daniel was elected to city council in 2007 and served until resigning her seat in 2010.

She was an administrator at Memorial Health University Center, managing five different departments, for 10 years and spent 12 years at St. Joseph’s/Candler. Daniel has been a Rincon resident since 1999, and she also served on the city’s planning board.

Zipperer served on Rincon City Council from 1997-2005.

In the city’s last regular election, held in November 2013, there were 678 votes cast, with voters getting to vote for three city council candidates. There were 479 votes cast Tuesday.

No election was held in November since there was no opposition for the council members running.

“I’m really thankful for all the voters who came out,” Daniel said. “This is a large number for a special election.”