School race appears headed for a recount
By KEVIN HANSON
Enumclaw Courier Herald Senior Writer, Editor
November 28, 2011 · 1:01 PM
The Enumclaw School Board race between Tina McGann and Dan Peterson appears headed for a recount, as the margin between the two remains exceedingly small.
The King County Election Department was tallying votes nearly every day last week as employees counted down toward a Nov. 29 certification of the Nov. 8 general election. Prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, the department had tallied 6,244 votes, with McGann holding a slight lead. She stood at 3,134 votes following the Nov. 22, while Peterson had 3,119. From a percentage standpoint, the election was tilted in McGann’s favor, 49.93 to 49.69.
There were 24 write-in votes.
A final count was to be issued at 4:30 Monday afternoon.
If the spread between the two – who are running for a vacant seat on the school board – remains the same, the Elections Department will be conducting a recount. Election rules dictate a second accounting if the final margin between candidates is within one-half of 1 percent.
Peterson and McGann are chasing the Director District 4 position, which represents the rural area directly north of Enumclaw and everything north of the Green River. Both candidates are from Black Diamond.
Contact Enumclaw Courier Herald Senior Writer, Editor Kevin Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-802-8205.