WILLIAMSON — The longest serving member of the Williamson City Council has officially lost her seat after a recount was held in City Hall on Monday, April 26.
Incumbent Sherry Hairston-Brown lost to Ward II challenger Stuart Hight by a final vote of 62-54 following the recount last week.
During the official canvassing of votes for the Williamson primary election on Monday, April 19, at City Hall, the race was not certified because Hairston-Brown requested a recount.
According to totals given on election night, Hairston-Brown was behind Hight by a margin of only three votes (59-56).
City clerk Cheri Horton said that Hight gained one vote from an absentee ballot during the election canvass to raise his total to 60 and increase the margin to four, but Hairston-Brown still requested the recount take place.
After the recount, Hight actually added two votes to his advantage on Hairston-Brown as he remained the winner by a final tally of 62 votes for Hight to 54 for Hairston-Brown.
All votes from Ward II were counted aloud one-by-one by Horton and tallied by city officials while members of the council and Mayor Charlie Hatfield also tallied the votes to ensure the totals matched.
Horton said that Hairston-Brown was required to pay a $50 bond in order for the recount to take place.
All other races in the election were certified during the canvass, as Joseph Bucci was officially named the council winner for Ward 1, Ralphie Hall landed the most votes in Ward 3, while Michael Casey was the top vote-getter in the city’s 4th Ward.
In the mayor’s race, incumbent Charlie Hatfield gained the Democratic nomination while David Jewell was unopposed on the Republican ticket.
Williamson’s general election is scheduled for Tuesday, June 8.