Lake County recounts confirm wins for Brandeburg, Rowlett
Nov 16, 2012 (Orlando Sentinel - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
A recount of Lake County ballots was finished today and confirmed winners in two very close elections: Rosanne Brandeburg in a Lake County School Board race and Ed Rowlett in a Mount Dora City Council election.
Both candidates were leading in the election-night tally, but their margins of victory were so close that a manual recount was required.
Brandeburg defeated fellow School Board member Jim Miller by 102 votes to retain her District 2 seat. The two sitting board members competed against each other because redistricting changes had put Miller, who had the District 1 seat, in the same district as Brandeburg.
She said she is excited about the win, but the recount process was long and tedious.
"I was on pins and needles the whole process," she said.
Brandeburg will be sworn in along with new board member Bill Mathias, a businessman from Okahumpka, on Tuesday.
Rowlett unseated incumbent Jim Yatsuk to win the Mount Dora City Council District 3 seat by just two votes. He had a one-vote lead over Yatsuk as of election night, but a recount adjusted that to two votes.
Ironically, Yatsuk lost an election in 2009 under the same scenario -- trailing by one vote on election night and losing by two votes after a completed recount.
The recounts started Tuesday, and Lake County assistant supervisor of elections Jerry Foster said election workers worked until 10 p.m. Thursday and started again at 8 a.m. today. The tally was completed around 2:15 p.m.
Erica Rodriguez of the Sentinel staff contributed to this story. firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-742-5927
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