After an Election Day tie, small businessman Bob Fenwick has won the second Democratic nomination for Charlottesville City Council, beating educator Wesley Bellamy by a margin of 5 votes (1093-1088). Fenwick will join the other Democratic nominee, incumbent Kristin Szakos, on the ballot in November.
The Charlottesville Electoral Board counted the four remaining provisional ballots Friday afternoon, ending the unprecedented tie situation in a race for city council.
"I mean, we've had very close elections here, we've never had a tie before," said Rick Sincere, chair of the Charlottesville Electoral Board.
The tie came down to the counting of provisional ballots; those are votes cast, but not counted, when the eligibility of a voter is in question. Officials first verified and counted six provisional ballots Wednesday, putting Fenwick up three votes over Bellamy.
Of the four remaining provisional ballots cast by voters without proper identification, three were eligible to be counted after voters presented ID before Friday's noon deadline. The final count yielded two more provisional votes for Fenwick, and zero for Bellamy.
Fenwick stated, "It's a great feeling to have a team around me, that's what I didn't have before. And the Democratic Party works hard."
Bellamy stated, "The outcome was what it was. I'm actually very proud of Mr. Fenwick; I would just like first and foremost to say congratulations to him."
Bellamy says he will not ask for a recount of the votes, and has not decided if he will launch another council bid in 2015. For now, he says he's grateful for the experience.
Bellamy stated, "Here's no need to feel ashamed or feel sad or anything like this, because sometimes in defeat, and actually in failure, you learn very valuable lessons."
According to the electoral board, had Friday's count ended in yet another tie, the race would have been decided by lot. In other words, depending on what the candidates agree on, a tie could be broken with a coin toss, a roll of the dice, or even a game of poker.
Democratic nominees Kristin Szakos and Bob Fenwick will face Republican nominees Michael Farruggio and Charles "Buddy" Weber in November.
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Ed joined the NBC29 news team in May, 2011. A Charlotte, NC, native, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in journalism and political science.Full Story
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