Scott Herman, an openly gay man running for a seat on the Oakland Park Commission, conceded defeat last week but hinted his political future is far from over.

Michael E. Carn, sitting city commissioner, won a special election held March 15, defeating Herman and former mayor Layne Dallett Walls. With 16 of 16 precincts reporting, Carn, a civil engineer, collected 2,418 votes compared to 2,303 for Herman and 2,122 for Walls.

Two days after the election, Herman stated he was still optimistic he could gain ground in the race with overseas ballots that had yet to be counted, but ultimately acknowledged the defeat. 

“We came within 80 votes and thank you,” the Herman campaign stated in a text message to supporters. “November is just around the corner and a much better game can be in place with name recognition. Who knows what can happen as I was already asked to run for one of the three seats.”

This was Herman’s third attempt to win elected public office in Broward County, having previously campaigned for the Florida House of Representatives in 2012 and 2014. A disabled combat veteran of the Gulf War, Herman, 45, campaigned on a platform of putting “principles over politics.”

Unofficial vote totals show 6,843 people cast their ballots in the citywide, non-partisan election. In it’s July 2014 report, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated Oakland Park to have a population of 43,800.

In the Presidential primary election, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton easily carried Broward County, collecting 134,328 votes to 49,054 for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. On the Republican side, real estate developer Donald J. Trump won Broward with 53,319 votes compared to 30,786 for U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of West Miami.