Tallmadge -- Kim Ray is looking forward to starting her second term on City Council now that the results of the recount for last month's At-Large race have been certified.
According to the Summit County and Portage County boards of elections, the recount showed no change in the number of votes cast during the Nov. 5 general election, confirming Ray will join At-Large representatives James M. Donovan and John Rensel on Council. The certified results have been reported to the Ohio Secretary of State's Office.
The boards completed separate recounts earlier this month after final but unofficial results first showed only 18 votes separated Ray, who grabbed the third open At-Large seat, and Robert Maguire, who came in fourth. Then final but official results showed 19 votes separated Ray from Maguire.
Donovan (D), earned a total of 2,109 votes; Rensel (R), 1,891; Ray (D), 1,770; Maguire (D) 1,751; and James Nuznoff (R), 1,070.
Summit County Board of Elections Director Joseph Masich said automatic recounts are required in political races with three or more candidates if a mathematical formula determines it's necessary.
"I'm pleased with the outcome of the recount and look forward to the next four years," said Ray, a credit officer for PNC Bank.
Maguire, principal of Maguire Legal Group in Tallmadge and Council's current president, has served on Council for six years. He said the unchanged election results weren't surprising.
"It was a close race, and I wish the three successful candidates the best," he said.
The winners of the race were sworn into office Dec. 12. Council members serve four-year terms.
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