November 30 – Hours after Tony “Chubby” Brown officially became Macon County Sheriff on Friday afternoon, Jim Root invited him to jointly petition the court for a full recount.
Brown was sworn in at the Macon County Law Enforcement Center as he follows Sheriff Howard G. Buffett, who was appointed to the position last year after Sheriff Tom Schneider retired.
The tight and tumultuous election saw the Democratic candidate Brown claim a one-vote victory over the Republican Root after the clerk’s office finished tabulating all votes on November 20. Preliminary results on election night showed Root with a 99-vote advantage.
The close outcome prompted Root to request a nonbinding recount of more than 11,000 ballots from 18 precincts. Root could use the results of the discovery count to petition a court for a full recount; Brown’s election will stand unless a court intervenes.
Just after 8 p.m., Root released a statement saying the discovery count discovered two uncounted ballots in his favor.
“As a result of this information we invite Tony Brown to agree to jointly petition the court for a full recount so the citizens of Macon County may truly know the legitimately elected sheriff,” Root said in the statement.
Root went on to commend County Clerk Steve Bean for “his unparalleled integrity” that made his campaign aware of the outstanding ballots. He also thanked the Republican and Democratic election judges for their effort through the process.