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June 18, 2013

Harris considering challenging votes in mayor’s race

Monongah incumbent defeated by one vote in municipal election

MONONGAH — The votes stand following the canvass of one of the biggest elections the Town of Monongah has had in recent years.

That was the official word coming from Marion County deputy clerks on hand Monday to canvass the ballots from last week’s municipal election.

Monday’s meeting was held to make sure the number of poll slips matched the number of ballots and to determine the status of provisional votes, which are provided to voters whose eligibility to vote is in question.

Deputy clerks Tom Antulov and Mary Gay Priolette determined that the four provisional votes — part of more than 200 ballots cast — did not count toward the election because the voters either did not register in time or lived outside city limits.

“As of now, the votes stand,” Priolette said.

The results of the election saw a tight race for mayor, with Bill McCombs receiving 60 votes while incumbent Don Harris received 59. John Boy Palmer totaled 56 votes, Pat DeFazio had 14 votes and Dan Wood had 12 votes.

Priolette said the race for mayor was unusually close.


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