Two incumbents elected, another loses to former councilman
By Jessica Creagan
SEBASTIAN -- Despite a 19-vote difference between two candidates for Sebastian City Council, the initial votes cast to elect three candidates to the council will stand.
Andrea Coy, Bob McPartlan and Richard Gillmor will be sworn in as newly-elected city councilmembers on Nov. 13 during the regularly scheduled council meeting.
Incumbent Councilman Don Wright decided he did not want a vote recount even though the margin between him and Mr. Gillmor was less than a half of a percent and qualified for an automatic recount.
In a letter to Sally Maio, city clerk and the city's election qualifying officer, Mr. Wright said he was "comfortable" with the original posted results by the Supervisor of Elections office and did not want a recount.
"The city will be well-served by the newly elected council members and existing members of council," Mr. Wright wrote.
Mr. Gillmor and Mr. Wright were the third and fourth-place vote getters in the Nov. 5 election for Sebastian City Council. Ms. Coy and Mr. McPartlan were re-elected to their positions on council, as the No. 1 and No. 2 vote-getters.
A fifth candidate in the race, Damien Gilliams, came in last, receiving 816 votes for 13.18 percent of the vote.
Ms. Coy received 1,473 votes, or 23.70 percent of the vote, while Mr. McPartlan received 1,335 or 21.56 percent of the vote.
Mr. Gillmor, who decided to run again for city council after taking a year off to participate in a congressional run, received 1,293 votes, just enough to beat Mr. Wright at 1,274 votes.
State statute requires a mandatory machine ballot recount with less than a half percent difference between two candidates, but can be avoided if the defeated candidate requests a recount cancellation in writing, as Mr. Wright did.
"Actually, I am pleased to be able to take some time off from my activities on council and other related responsibilities. But, I do want to be kept up-to-date by email on what is going on in the city," Mr. Wright wrote.
He requested to be kept on a public distribution list of council agendas, minutes and other city information.
For more information about the election, visit www.voteindianriver.com.