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Recount in District 2 City Council race set for next week

Posted by Patrick Rosso  November 18, 2011 03:56 PM

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Councilor Bill Linehan and challenger Suzanne Lee speaking at forum in the South End.

The City Council election may have come and gone, but the fight for the District 2 seat isn’t over.

The proper paperwork has been filed for a recount in the closely fought race, According to Boston’s Election Department, officials expect to conduct the recount sometime next week.

In the Nov. 8 vote, incumbent Bill Linehan narrowly won his bid for a third term by just 87 votes.

Both he and his challenger, Suzanne Lee, who showed big numbers in the South End and Chinatown, have gathered the necessary 50 signatures for each ward to force the recount.
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“After seeing just how close the results were and hearing concerns from so many constituents throughout the district, we’re requesting a recount to make certain that every ballot cast for this race has been accounted for, no matter which candidate a voter supported," Lee said in a statement

Linehan, of South Boston, is confident that he will still retain his seat.

“The results are in. The system is sound and efficient and I’m confident it will be upheld. Maybe it’s five or ten votes off, but that’s not 87,” Linehan said.

Linehan told the Globe after the election that Lee, a retired Chinatown educator, had called him and congratulated him on his victory.

District 2 has covers South Boston, Chinatown, the South End, Bay Village, and parts of Dorchester.

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