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Mayor's 3-vote victory stands as Unicoi Co. Election Commission certifies results

August 20th, 2014 10:13 am by Brad Hicks

Mayor's 3-vote victory stands as Unicoi Co. Election Commission certifies results

Greg Lynch

ERWIN — Incumbent Unicoi County Mayor Greg Lynch’s three-vote victory over challenger Larry Rose is now official.

The Unicoi County Election Commission met Tuesday morning to certify the results of the Aug. 7 general election, which saw one of the closest races in the county’s history.

According to the results, Lynch, the winner of May’s Republican primary, bested Rose, who was running as an independent candidate, by a final count of 1,552 votes to 1,549 votes.

Lynch has held the office of county mayor since 2006, when he ran as an independent candidate and defeated then-mayor Rose. Rose held the office of county mayor from 2002-06.

Unicoi County Administrator of Elections Sarah Bailey told members of the election commission that the numbers to be certified were the same as the unofficial totals tallied on election night and that no provisional ballots were cast.

“What we had on election night is exactly what I’m presenting you with today,” Bailey said.

Rose said Tuesday afternoon that while he had previously spoken with local election officials and has checked with Unicoi County Chancery Court, where a recount request would be filed, after some consideration, he has decided that he will not seek a recount.

“It’s been a very tough decision to get to this point,” Rose said. “I compliment Greg and congratulate him on his victory.”

Along with the county general election results, the election commission also certified the results of the state and federal Republican and Democratic primaries, the state general election and the state judicial retention elections.

Bailey said 29 percent of the county’s eligible voters participated in the election.

The commission will meet again Tuesday to certify the candidates and review submitted petitions for the Nov. 4 municipal elections. Bailey said the commission has received pages on petitions for liquor by the drink and retail package stores for the town of Erwin.

She said the latest signatures on these petitions can be submitted is Thursday. She also said that each petition requires 153 signatures from registered voters within the town of Erwin for referendums to appear on the November ballot. 

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