Fourth-place candidate will not ask for recount

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Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014 4:40 pm

Even though one vote separated her from fellow Democrat Gary Loudermilk, Michelle Price said Thursday she does not plan to ask for a recount in the Democratic primary for the County Commission seats.

For the Democrats, Virginia Williams was the top vote-getter in the primary for County Commission. She led with 663 votes, or 27.64 percent. Williams was followed by Dean Henline, who came in second with 587 votes, or 24.47 percent. But only one vote separated the third-place contestant from the fourth-place contestant. With all precincts reporting, Gary Loudermilk came in third with 575 votes, or 23.97 percent, compared to Price's 574 votes, or 23.93 percent.

Elections Director Kim Welborn said Price could call for a recount since there is a difference of only one vote. That would take place after the canvass, which will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

On Thursday, Price told The McDowell News she does not want a recount.

“I am willing to accept the results as originally calculated,” she said. “It’s not in my character to challenge that. I am accepting defeat.”

This means Williams, Henline and Loudermilk will go on to face the Republican candidates for the County Commission in the fall.

Price acknowledged that the difference between her and Loudermilk was “very close.” She added she would be interested in serving on a county board or committee.