SHEFFIELD TWP. — Making his first stab at elected office, Sam Spicer didn’t expect his political future to come down to drawing names from a patriotic basket.
But that’s exactly what happened for the Republican at-large Elyria City Council candidate.
He and fellow Republican Diane Lesesky each collected 1,151 votes in the primary earlier this month, according to results certified Tuesday by the Lorain County Board of Elections. That meant a tie-breaker, which in this case saw Spicer’s name pulled from the basket and means he likely will be the fourth Republican on the ballot for November’s general election.
Despite the drawing, the elections board must still conduct a recount in the race because it was so close, said the board’s director, Jose Candelario.
The board also will conduct a recount in Elyria’s Democratic at-large primary to determine whether Kevin Brubaker, who took 3,539 votes, or 17.41 percent, or Grant Tracey, who received 3,513 votes, or 17.28 percent, will win the fourth spot on the ballot for their party in November.
Under state law, a recount must take place if an election is within 0.5 percent.
Candelario said the recount, scheduled for June 6, will start with a random sampling of 3 percent of the votes cast in those races.
But unless the results of that sampling indicate the outcome could change, there won’t be a full recount of all the races.
Spicer said he doesn’t expect the recount to change anything.
“I’m very excited about it, very relieved and ready to get to work on the general election,” he said afterward.
If the results stand, Spicer will face fellow Republicans Rae Lynn Brady, Kevin Gibbs and James Miller in addition to Democrats Brubaker and incumbents Thomas Callahan, Victor Stewart III and Michael Lotko III in the November race for the four at-large seats in Elyria.
Candelario said the closest race in Lorain, between Daniel Sutter and Andrew Winemiller, who were running in the Republican primary for Lorain City Council president, wasn’t close enough to mandate a recount.
Winemiller took 293 votes, or 50.26 percent, to Sutter’s 290 votes, or 49.74 percent. Winemiller will face Council President Ken Shawver, a Democrat, in November.
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