Recount of School Board primary returns scheduled

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August 18, 2014
By: Dylan Thomas
Doug Mann is challenging the results of the School Board primary held Aug. 12.
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Dylan Thomas
Doug Mann just missed advancing to general election by 50 votes

There will be a recount next week of votes cast in the Aug. 12 School Board primary, when one candidate fell just 50 votes shy of advancing to the general election in November.

City spokesman Casper Hill said the City Clerk’s office scheduled the recount for Aug. 26. It is expected to be complete by the end of the day, added Hill, who could not provide an estimate of its expense.

The cost of a recount will be borne by the School District.

The recount was requested by Doug Mann, who finished fifth in the seven-way contest for two at-large School Board seats. Advancing to the general election were the top four vote-getters: incumbent Rebecca Gagnon (30.94 percent), former alderman and 2013 mayoral candidate Don Samuels (27.49 percent), Iris Altamirano (22.54 percent) and Ira Jourdain (5.85 percent).

Jourdain earned 2,249 votes to Mann’s 2,199 votes (5.72 percent). In a press release issued late last week, Mann noted the 50-vote difference amounted to just 0.13 percent of the 38,418 votes cast in the contest.

(There were 29,129 ballots cast in the race, but voters were allowed to select more than one candidate.)

Mann is a frequent candidate for public office but has never won election. He previously advanced to the general election for a School Board seat three times, in 2002, 2008 and 2012.