The 132 votes cast represent 11 percent of the 1,194 registered voters in ward 3.
The vote will not be official until canvassed by the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors next week. After being canvassed, the winner can be sworn in to serve the unexpired term of Ron Johnson, who resigned earlier this year because of health reasons.
That term expires Dec. 31 of 2007.
There had initially been an attempt to appoint the council member but the council members had been deadlocked at a September meeting over choosing from among the five people who expressed an interest in the seat. So the council voted to hold the special election.
Those on the ballot included three of the five people who had expressed an interest on serving on the council.
Stieneke is a former shop foreman at his family auto business and a former theater manager. He has lived in Cherokee since the fifth grade. He and his wife, Elaine, have three children.
William (Bill) Troth, who represented ward 1, died in February. The council voted to fill the vacancy by appointing Doug Woods, a former city council member.
Subsequently, a petition of citizens called for a special election.
James Peck, a retired worker at Wilson's Packing Plant (now Tyson's Foods) and a former county supervisor, was the only person to file for that council seat and won the special election held July 11.