SHEFFIELD TWP. – On Election Day, David Kos lost his bid to unseat Avon Lake Councilman Michael Stanek, 4th Ward, by three votes.
Or so he thought.
Now, it appears Kos is a winner – claiming the seat by six votes – after the Lorain County Board of Elections certified the results of the November general election Tuesday.
The race is still tight enough to require an automatic recount next week, one of six recounts in close races around the county.
“It`s a true testament to the old phrase â€˜every vote counts,` ” Kos said Tuesday.
Stanek said he was disappointed, but accepted the voters` decision.
“It was so close, it could have gone either way,” Stanek said.
Both Kos and Stanek said they don`t expect the official results – now 644, or 50.2 percent, for Kos to Stanek`s 638 votes, or 49.8 percent – to change with the recount.
“There`s virtually no chance of that,” Kos said.
In the race for Oberlin school board, a four-way race will be recounted since Paula Jones and incumbent Carol Correthers remain neck in neck now that all the ballots, including provisional and absentee, have been counted.
Jones currently leads Correthers, 1,020 votes, or 25.24 percent, to 1,012 votes, or 25.04 percent.
The recount won`t affect the re-election of board president Marci Alegant – who took 1,207 or nearly 29.9 percent, enough to win her one of two open seats. Nor will it impact Sandra Redd, who lost with 803 votes or about 19.9 percent.
Still close to each other in another four-way race are Ruth Keller and Angie Marsiglia, who both want to keep their seats on the Avon school board.
Marsiglia is currently in the lead with 1,646 votes, or 27.24 percent. Keller has 1,641 votes, or 27.16 percent.
Newcomer Kevin Romanchok has already won a seat on the board, according to the official results, with 1,754 votes, about 29 percent. Rudolph Chavez, who finished last in the race for two seats, had a total of 1,001 votes or about 16.6 percent of the vote.
The results of the race for Vermilion City Council president, which was a near dead heat on Election Day with incumbent Fred Ostrander holding off challenger Don Flak, 1,389 or 49.9 percent, to 1,385 or 50.1 percent, are still undetermined.
While Lorain County has completed its official results, the Erie County Board of Elections won`t have official results until Thursday, and the city has voters in both counties.
Close races also remain in the Strongsville and Mapleton school board races, but only a small fraction of those districts` voters fall in Lorain County.
Elections Board Director Jose Candelario said all races within 0.5 percent are subject to automatic recounts.
For the recount, elections workers will count 3 percent of the votes by hand; a full recount will be done if they come up with results that differ from the official numbers approved Tuesday.
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