Re­count con­firms Cul­ver’s runoff win

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - From staff re­ports

The Polk County Board of Elec­tions fin­ished up their re­count quickly in the spe­cial elec­tion run-off be­tween in­com­ing school board mem­ber Chris Cul­ver, and out­go­ing in­terim school board mem­ber Judy Wig­gins.

Elec­tions di­rec­tor Karen Gar­mon said the re­sults in the re­count were ex­actly the same, 191 votes for Cul­ver and 190 votes for Wig­gins in the Dec. 5 run-off. The re­count hap­pened last week on Dec. 12.

The Sec­re­tary of State’s of­fice still has to send back pa­per­work to the county to cer­tify and ap­prove the re­sults of the re­count, and al­low Cul­ver to take the seat. Once that is done, a date will be sched­uled to swear-in Cul­ver for the re­main­der of the District 6 term, not up for vote again un­til 2020. That hadn’t been an­nounced by press time over the week­end.

Cul­ver is tak­ing over for Wig­gins, who was ap­pointed by the board in an in­terim spot af­ter former school board mem­ber Hal Floyd re­signed. Floyd was ap­pointed in Oc­to­ber to take over the seat held by Ste­fanie Drake Bur­ford on the Polk County Com­mis­sion.

Join­ing Cul­ver and Wig­gins in the race for the spe­cial elec­tion was Carolyn Wil­liams. She re­ceived 18 per­cent of the vote on the Novem­ber bal­lot.

Cul­ver could be sworn in as early as this week. His first meet­ing with the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion will likely be on Jan. 2, 2018 for the open­ing com­mu­nity in­put and work ses­sion. The board is also sched­uled to meet on Jan. 9 for their reg­u­lar meet­ing.

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