MACEDONIA — With only one vote separating two candidates for a seat on City Council, a recount has been set for Dec. 3 at 9 a.m.
According to final results certified Tuesday by the Summit County Board of Elections, challenger David Finley defeated incumbent Shane Barker 893-892, a tally that will result in an automatic recount.
There were four candidates for two Macedonia Council-At-Large seats up for election on Nov. 5. Newcomer Jeff Garvas was elected to a first term by a wide margin, with 1,316 votes. The low vote-getter was incumbent Kevin Bilkie, with 461 votes.
The recount will decide whether Barker is reelected, or if Finley gets the second available seat.
Joseph Masich, director of the Summit County Board of Elections, said that by law, the elections board must conduct a recount when the margin of votes between candidates in an election is less than one half of 1% of the total votes cast in that race.
The results of the recount are expected to be certified at the election board's Dec. 10 meeting, Masich said.
Candidates also can request a recount, according to the state, as appears to be the case in Northfield Village, where Ward B Village Council member Keith Czerr had sent the elections board a letter requesting a recount in the Northfield Village mayoral race.
According to final results certified Tuesday, Incumbent Mayor Jesse Nehez was reelected by a margin of more than 200 votes, or 444-239 against Czerr.
Masich said that he has told Czerr a recount cannot be requested until the race was certified Tuesday. Masich added that Czerr now has five days to officially refile his request.
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