The Times West Virginian

June 21, 2013

Monongah mayor requests recount after loss by one vote

By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Following a close municipal election, Monongah Mayor Don Harris has requested a recount.

The results of the election showed candidate Bill McCombs narrowly edging out incumbent Harris for the position of mayor with 60 to 59 votes. Also in the race for mayor were John Boy Palmer who received 56 votes, Pat DeFazio (14) and Dan Wood (12).

Harris indicated that he was considering a recount after the canvassing of the votes on Monday, and made his request official Wednesday evening.

“I wanted a recount because only one vote will make a difference,” Harris said. “I have been encouraged by others who have asked me to get a recount. I just hate to let it go, and I wanted to make sure it was all counted right.” 

McCombs said he is fine with the request.

“I’m at ease with the recount,” McCombs said. “If there’s a mistake, then the winner’s the winner. That’s the way I look at it.”

Recorder Patty McCombs said that in order to file for the recount, Harris had to post a bond of $300 that would cover the costs associated with the recount. In the event that the recount shows a change in the results of the election, however, Harris would no longer be responsible for paying the $300.


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