Still counting votes in Trinity
Both candidates who lost by razor-thin margins in last week’s Trinity city election have requested recounts in the pair of races that were each decided by vote counts in the single digits.
Mayor Carlton Boyles and Ward 2 challenger Steve Lawing made their requests Tuesday to the Randolph County Board of Elections, said elections office Director Melissa Johnson. The recounts will take place at noon Friday at the Board of Elections office at 158 Worth St. in downtown Asheboro.
Any candidate seeking a recount would need to file a request with a board of election office by 5 p.m. today, according to state election laws.
Also on Tuesday, the Randolph County Board of Elections upheld the election totals from Nov. 5 in the regular canvass of vote totals. No outcomes changed in the two Trinity elections that will involve a recount, Johnson told The High Point Enterprise.
After the polls closed on Election Day last week, former Mayor Fran Andrews edged out Boyles by eight votes out of 983 cast. Andrews got 398 votes to 390 for Boyles in a rematch of a race from four years ago when Boyles ousted Andrews as mayor.
Outgoing City Councilwoman Karen Bridges took 193 votes in a late write-in bid for mayor — Bridges wasn’t on the ballot seeking re-election to her council seat. Two other write-in votes for mayor were cast for other city residents, according to the Board of Elections.
In the Ward 2 race, Councilman Barry Lambeth squeaked out a four-vote victory over Lawing, or 498 to 494 votes.
If the election results stand, Boyles would become the third Trinity incumbent to lose his seat in the general election.
In Ward 1, challenger Gene A. Byerly decisively defeated incumbent Kristen Varner with 56 percent of the vote. In Ward 4, challenger Don Payne took 57.5 percent of the vote in defeating incumbent Tommy Johnson. The candidates who won on Election Day take office next month.
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