Donna Hecker has filed a request for a recanvass after Tuesday’s primary election results showed she missed out on the November mayoral election by 33 votes.
The first-time candidate and manager of Holly Hill Inn says: “It’s only prudent since it was close.
“I think I owe it to my supporters to have that extra assurance,” she said.
According to primary results, former Mayor and City Commissioner Bill May received 2,872 votes, beating newcomer Kyle Thompson, with 1,913 votes, and Hecker, with 1,880 votes.
County Clerk Guy Zeigler says a request for a recanvass is common – especially in elections with numerous candidates or a tight race.
“It probably happens every third election,” Zeigler said by phone Wednesday.
A recanvass is not as extensive as a recount, Zeigler says. The clerk will check the totals of the printed election results for a recanvass. A recount would involve counting every form filed during the election.
“We’ll muddle through it again to make sure the results match,” he said.
A written request must be filed with Zeigler’s office before 4 p.m. Tuesday, and the recanvass will take place at 9 a.m. May 31. It usually takes more than an hour, Zeigler added.
“I have nothing but the utmost respect for Zeigler and his office, but I think it’s something I should do since it was such a close margin,” Hecker said.