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Recount in Cambridge City Council race begins Monday

Posted by Brock Parker  November 27, 2013 04:55 PM

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Almost a month after the election, Cambridge will begin a recount of the votes in the crowded city council race Monday.

The Cambridge Board of Election Commissioners has scheduled the recount to begin Monday, Dec. 2, at 8:30 a.m. at the Moore Youth Center at 12 Gilmore Street in Cambridge, said city spokeswoman Ini Tomeu Wednesday.

Cambridge City Councilor Minka vanBeuzekom successfully petitioned for the recount last week after she fell only 13 votes shy of being re-elected in the Nov. 5 election.
Dennis Carlone beat vanBeuzekom by 13 votes to win the ninth and final seat on the council, and newcomer Nadeem Mazen also finished just 14 votes ahead of vanBeuzekom to win a seat. Incumbent Craig Kelley finished 30 votes ahead of vanBeuzekom, according to results posted by the Cambridge Election Commission.

A total of 25 candidates ran for the nine council seats, and because the city uses a proportional representation system a recount of the 17,846 ballots cast in the election could be lengthy.

Election officials have said it could take as many as 60 workers as long as two weeks to conduct the recount.

The commission will work daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. to count the ballots, but Tomeu said if the recount is not finished by the end of next week, the work isn't likely to continue until after the special election for the 5th Congressional District seat on Dec. 10 is concluded.

--brock.globe@gmail.com

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