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Recount called for in Cambridge City Council race

Posted by Brock Parker  November 20, 2013 07:03 PM

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Cambridge will hold a recount for what was a crowded race in the election for city council earlier this month after ousted City Councilor Minka vanBeuzekom petitioned for another tally.

VanBeuzekom fell 13 votes shy of being re-elected in the election held Nov. 5 and she said Wednesday that she filed a petition Monday with 150 signatures calling for a recount. The official results in election were announced Friday, Nov. 15.

Wednesday evening, the Cambridge’s Board of Election Commissioners certified 143 signatures on her petition, well above the minimum requirement of 50 to call for a recount.

Dennis Carlone beat vanBeuzekom by 13 votes to win the ninth and final seat on the council, according to results posted by the Cambridge Election Commission.

VanBeuzekom also finished only 14 votes behind Nadeem Mazen, who was elected for the first time to the council, and 30 votes behind Craig Kelley, who was re-elected to the council.

After looking at previous recounts in the city in which totals changed by 25 to 30 votes, vanBeuzekom said she felt comfortable calling for a recount and is optimistic that she could gain enough votes to be re-elected.

“The vote is very close,” she said.

Tanya Ford, the executive director for the Cambridge Election Commission, told the commission Wednesday that more than 60 workers will be needed to hold the manual recount, and it could take up to two weeks because there were 25 candidates in the council race.

More than 17,000 ballots were cast in the election and vanBeuzekom said there would be a manual recount.

Ford said no date has been selected for the recount, but it must begin within 10 days of Wednesday, when the petition for the recount was certified.

While recounting the votes could be costly, vanBuezekom said it would be a worthwhile undertaking to ensure that the votes were captured correctly.

While preliminary and unofficial totals released on election night had vanBeuzekom finishing 11th in the race for nine seats, official elections results released Friday, Nov. 15 after all the auxiliary and provisional ballots had been counted showed she finished in 10th place ahead of longtime City Councilor Ken Reeves who was also defeated.

--brock.globe@gmail.com

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