Copeland election in New Castle stands; Silt to do recount of its results |

Copeland election in New Castle stands; Silt to do recount of its results

Barner apparent winner in Silt mayoral race

Brandy Copeland

The town of Silt will conduct a recount from the April 3 town council and mayoral elections, after just a single vote separated two of the three mayoral candidates and an error was discovered in tallying results in the trustee race.

Meanwhile, the neighboring Garfield County town of New Castle concluded a recount on Friday, which determined that Brandy Copeland maintained a one-vote win, 335-334, over Joe Urnise, for a third and final town trustee seat.

Scott Owens and Bruce Leland were confirmed in the recount as the winners of the other two New Castle seats, with 397 and 373 votes, respectively, Town Clerk Melody Harrison said.

Silt will wait until Monday to conduct its recount, with the mayor’s seat on the line between apparent winner Jay Barner and close runner-up Keith Richel. Barner came away with the one-vote margin of apparent victory, 191-190, after ballots were canvassed on Thursday, Silt Town Clerk Sheila McIntyre reported. The third candidate in the race, Bryan Fleming, had 131 votes.

Also, the outcome in the race for four town Board of Trustees seats changed compared to the unofficial election night results that were reported, due to a “mathematical error” that was discovered, McIntyre said.

Following the Thursday canvassing, McIntyre reported that it now appears T.J. Tucker, and not Christopher Classen, will join Samantha Alexander, Kyle Knott and Jerry Seifert for four-year terms on the town board. That outcome will be verified with the Monday recount, she said.

“Due to a mathematical error on the original numbers submitted by the judges, the outcome of the election changed in regards to the trustees,” McIntyre said Friday. “A recount of the entire ballot will be taking place Monday due to not only the mayor’s race being so close, but to also confirm that the trustee numbers are accurate.”

Classen had been reported as the fourth-highest vote-getter on election night with 190 votes. After the error was discovered, McIntyre reported that Tucker actually came in with the third-highest vote tally at 246, to 191 for Classen. Tucker was reported to have only 138 votes in the unofficial results on election night.

After the canvassing, Alexander still maintained the most votes at 315, followed by Seifert with 261, Tucker with 246 and Knott with 238. The final tallies will be confirmed in the Monday recount.

Following three weeks of mail ballots being received, the unofficial April 3 results in both towns were still pending several outstanding overseas ballots. In New Castle, several other ballots also still needed to be cured due to signature issues and other irregularities, Harrison said at the time.

If the Silt vote stands, Barner will replace current Mayor Rick Aluise, who has served on the town board for several years and decided not to run for a second four-year term as mayor this spring.

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