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MacLellan-Ruf retains City Council win after recount

By Stephen Betts | Nov 11, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts Counters sort ballots into piles before the recount began Nov. 11 at Rockland City Hall.

Rockland — Former Mayor Louise MacLellan-Ruf's return to the Rockland City Council was finalized Nov. 12 when a recount confirmed she won the second spot on the ballot.

Volunteers helped city officials hand count the ballots for less than two hours before the outcome was announced. The final vote showed MacLellan-Ruf with 1,388 votes.

Adam Lachman finished a close third with 1,375 votes.

There were two seats up for election on the ballot with five candidates.

Political newcomer Sarah Austin was the top two vote-getter on election night, Nov. 3 with 1,580 votes.

MacLellan-Ruf picked up three votes in the recount while Lachman picked up four votes.

The 1,375 votes Lachman received is the most ever for a Rockland City Council candidate who did not win a seat. The previous record was Vance Johnson in 1976, who received 1,371 votes but lost in a two-way race to Warren Perry, who received 1,487 votes.

The most votes ever received by a Council candidate in a contested race was Adele Faber in 2004 with 2,155 votes in a three-way race for two seats.

Ian Emmott received 1,175 votes and Ryan Smith with 661.

Austin and MacLellan-Ruf will be sworm into office on Monday evening at 7:30 to be followed by the election of a mayor for the next 12 months.

The last formal recount for the City Council was in 2010 when Larry Pritchett unseated Councilor Frank Isganitis. The recount was sought by Pritchett, who finished three votes short of Isganitis on election night by a tally of 1,131 to 1,128. The final count after the recount was 1,129 for Pritchett and 1,126 for Isganitis.

There was also an informal inspection of ballots following the 2014 City Council election but no formal recount. In that instance, candidate Theodore Berry requested the inspection when he fell 35 votes short of eventual winner Valli Geiger.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Nov 11, 2020 15:41

Congrats Louise !

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