Laura Minish is the new Comer District 3 city council member. She defeated Tommy R. Appling in a Dec. 3 runoff by a 28-25 vote.
Minish also led the way in the three-person Nov. 5 election, but failed to get over 50 percent of the votes. She tallied 31 votes (49.2 percent). Appling was second with 26 votes (41.3 percent), while incumbent Howard Threlkeld received five votes (7.9 percent).