November 25 – Jim Root will seek a recount in the election for Macon County Sheriff after the certified results gave Tony “Chubby” Brown a one-vote victory.
In a news release Sunday evening, the Root said he filed a petition with the Macon County Clerk’s office for a discovery count and an election data in accordance with state law. The statement went on to say the request may lead to a potential judicial contest to the election results.
“No election process guarantees perfection,” he said in the statement. “I will endeavor to pursue any contest respectfully and expeditiously as the law and the facts permit. In the end, I want to assure that the citizens of Macon County are served well by a legitimately elected sheriff, whether it is Mr. Brown or me.”
Vote totals from Election Night showed the Republican Root with a 99-vote lead at 19,563 to 19,464 in the tight campaign to succeed Sheriff Howard G. Buffett. However, after counting mail-in, provisional and absentee ballots, the Clerk’s office declared Brown the winner Tuesday by a 19,655-19,654 count.
After that announcement, the Democratic candidate said he would wait for the process to run its course.
“We all ran good campaigns. Jim’s a friend of mine, I love him and that will never change,” Brown said at the time. “We all have the same goal and that’s serving this community.
“This is about making sure that everybody has a voice and everybody’s been served, no matter what your political differences are … we’re all part of this community and we want to be true community partners.”