Candidate Dave Newman filed this afternoon for a vote recount, saying the narrow margin by which Mayor Susan Narvaiz avoided a runoff warrants a second look.
In last week’s election, Narvaiz won 6,451 votes, 50.08 percent, to Newman’s 3,868, 30.03 percent, while Texas State University student Dan McCarthy took 2,563 votes, 19.9 percent.
“Approximately half the people out there didn’t vote for the mayor. Those people deserve for me to give it every effort that I could,” Newman said. “I wouldn’t have done it to waste people’s times but obviously the closeness of it makes it worthwhile to investigate the possibility of human error.”
If Narvaiz’s tally falls below 50 percent plus one vote, she and Newman would vie for the office in a runoff election.
Last year, city council member Gaylord Bose kept his seat by three votes and, in 2006, District Attorney Sherri Tibbe won by 23. In both cases, recounts did not change the vote tally much less the outcome.
“I don’t anticipate anything being different but it’s part of the process. I want to know just like everybody else that everything is being done properly,” said Joyce Cowan, the county’s elections administrator.
Newman made a $480 deposit which will be returned to him if the recount changes the election results. The recount is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, the same day the city council is expected to canvass the vote results and swear in the winners.