Recount confirms result of Central Elgin race
A recount by Central Elgin staff of votes in the deputy mayor’s race confirmed results announced following the Oct. 22 municipal election.
Tom Marks finished with 1,546 votes, five more than runner-up Stephen Carr. Harold Winkworth finished third with 1,076 votes.
Carr, who serves as the Ward 3 councillor, applied to council for a recount after results were announced.
The recount in Central Elgin is in contrast to the Dutton Dunwich mayoral election that was decided by one vote. Dutton Dunwich council voted 2-1 against having a recount.
Current deputy mayor Bob Purcell received 736 votes, one more than Mayor Cameron McWilliam.
“Very rarely is an election lost or won on just one vote and even more unusual is the decision by council to reject a recount that would have ensured the results were valid,” McWilliam wrote in a letter published in the West Elgin Chronicle.
He said he would not pursue a judicial recount or any other legal route.
“I believe that at this point, it would further complicate an already unfortunate situation,” McWilliam said.
“I truly believe this was a lost opportunity for council to set the record straight and assure the voters that the declared result was correct and true. I believe this severely damages the trust and faith voters have in the system, I know it has certainly broken mine.”