MACEDONIA — One vote decided the second City Council member who will be seated in 2020.
According to the final, official recount results released earlier this month, challenger David Finley will be elected to his first term on Macedonia City Council, after defeating incumbent Shane Barker by one vote. The vote was 893 for Finley, and 892 for Barker.
"Many say and/or feel that their vote doesn't count," Finley said. "But, after this election, I beg to differ. I want to thank those that voted for me for their support. I look forward to representing you on city council. I cannot stress enough how great all of the candidates have been during this campaign. The civility and humility that they, especially Mr. Barker, have extended to me and the others should not go unnoticed or unappreciated. I wish everyone the best in future endeavors."
Barker could be reached by press time.
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 460 votes.
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.
Reporter April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @AprilKHelms_RPC.