Charles Lowry and Gary Twelkemeier faced incumbent Terry Webb for two open seats on the city council.
Lowry and Webb were elected in a close race. Lowry earned 39.7 percent of the 204 votes cast, with Webb taking 63 to Twelkemeier's 60 votes.
Tuesday night, Lowry choked up while talking about his win.
"I am delighted. I want to thank the people who not only voted for me but voted overall," he said. "I hope I don't tear up here. ... This is my first endeavor at any public office. I feel very privileged. Thanks to the people who voted whether they voted for me or not."
The retired Navy and Delta airlines pilot will focus now on taking Emerson in a positive direction.
"I want Emerson to grow in the right direction. ... I hope LakePoint will interview within [Emerson] first and then move to Bartow County ...
"We just got a lot of work to do and not a lot of money to do it [with]."
For Webb, who has served the city more than 20 years, said seeing projects completed and improvements made will be the focus of his next term.
"As I fore-stated, I want to see the projects that we got started get finished. [I] truly want to see our infrastructure replaced ...," he said. "I just want to see the city grow and be the best that it can be."