(Patrick D. Rosso/Boston.com/2011)
The City Council election may have come and gone, but the fight for the District 2 seat isnít over.
The proper paperwork has been filed for a recount in the closely fought race, According to Bostonís 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.
ďAfter seeing just how close the results were and hearing concerns from so many constituents throughout the district, weíre 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.
ďThe results are in. The system is sound and efficient and Iím confident it will be upheld. Maybe itís five or ten votes off, but thatís not 87,Ē 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.