Re­count con­firms re­sult of Cen­tral El­gin race

St. Thomas Times-Journal - - FRONT PAGE - LAURA BROADLEY lbroadley@post­media.com

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.”

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