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Smith Holds on With Four Vote Win in Recount

Published Friday, August 29, 2014 12:10 am

BRADENTON – After multiple recounts at the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office Thursday, Palmetto City Commissioner Charles Smith held on with a four-vote lead to defeat district 2 County Commissioner Michael Gallen in the Democratic primary that will ultimately decide the seat.

Winner Charles Smith (left) with BOCC Chair Larry Bustle

photo by John Rehill

Smith ended Tuesday night with only a five-vote lead, triggering an automatic recount. A machine recount Thursday cut the lead to four, and Gallen gained one more in the manual recount.

Finally, a last count of provisional ballots, which had to be cured by a 5 p.m. Thursday deadline, had Smith back at a 4-vote lead. As only a write-in candidate is eligible for the November election, Smith is all but certain to take the seat.

Troy Thomas filed to run as a write-in, but has not campaigned for the seat in any way and when contacted to discuss his candidacy in June, did not have any comment. Thomas was largely seen as a strategic entrant, used to close off what would have been an open primary, as no Republican had filed to run for the seat.


Ballots by precinct from Manatee County District 2 secured between recounts





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The republicans have been using the write in candidate loophole for years to disinfranchise and cheat dems and independants of their vote for many years, over many local elections. No one charged them with voter fraud, even though they did to change the outcome of an election and, they did not campaign. Time to CLOSE THE LOOPHOLE.
Posted by Barbara Elliott on September 8, 2014

I wish Mr. Smith well AND repeat, "He has big shoes to fill." Others have risen to fulfill the duties of elected office fairly and without serving themselves first. Let us hope that Mr. Smith is up to the challenge.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on August 31, 2014

I'm confused, when did the infractions take place? Let's pull up your history from the time you were 18 until present.
Keep in mind I don't condone wrong doing, but however hope we live in a society that gives second chances. Thank goodness for His grace and mercy, which are new everyday. Now that he's in office let's unite as one county to make Our Community to live in.
Posted by Tarnisha Clia on August 31, 2014

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