Recounts possible after close finishes in several municipal races

Recounts possible after close finishes in several municipal races

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Recounts are possible in several local races following the canvassing of votes by local election boards on Tuesday.

In Carolina Shores, Thomas Puls is eligible to call for a recount in the Town Commissioners' race, according to elections workers in Brunswick County. Puls finished fourth in the race for three open seats, but is within one percent of third-place finisher Bill Brennan to allow a recount.

The vote canvass in New Hanover County did not change any results, and confirmed the close race for the third open seat on Wilmington City Council. Paul Lawler ended up as the third-place finisher behind incumbents Margaret Haynes and Neil Anderson. Lawler's margin of 89 more votes than Deb Hays (2,977-2,888) was higher than the number needed (58) for Hays to call for a recount.

Several races in Columbus County are not over, even after Tuesday's vote canvass. In Whiteville, Sarah Thompson has kept her District 1 seat on city council. She received 156 votes to Emory Worley's 155. That one-vote margin makes Worley eligible to call for a recount. Robert Leder was the leading vote getter in that race.

Elections officials say they have already received an official request after the close finish for the third seat on Chadbourn Town Council between James Green and Jay Suggs. Suggs finished with 202 votes to 197 for Green.  Donald Ray Bass and Colene Kelly are the two leading vote getters.

In the Brunswick Town Commissioner race, only three votes separated four candidates running for two open seats. Everlene Davis is the leader with 62 votes, followed by Jackie Williams-Rowland with 60 votes. Queen Hawkins and Nancy Hill both received 59 votes, putting them in the margin to call for a recount.

Election law says candidates eligible to call for a recount have until the end of the next business day after the canvass to submit the request in writing to their county Board of Elections. But, since Wednesday is a holiday, candidates now have until 5:00pm on Thursday to make the formal request.

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