An embattled Council Bluffs city councilman isn’t giving up in his re-election bid. Darren Bates failed to earn enough votes in this week’s primary election to advance to the general election next month. Now, Bates wants a recount. He filed a formal request for a hand count claiming the company that provides the electronic balloting system has been plagued by irregularities in other elections.
Bates finished fifth out of seven candidates for two open seats. Earlier this year, Bates was acquitted on charges stemming from an undercover prostitution sting at a Council Bluffs motel. This was his first election attempt since that incident.
Contributed by Karla James