Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Councilman seeks a second recount

MONROE TWP. A councilman who lost his bid for reelection by a handful of votes during the Democratic primary has asked a judge to order a second, manual recount of the June 3 results.

Ron Garbowski, in his second term, gained one additional vote at an initial recount last week. Five votes now separate him and a member of an opposing slate of Democrats, newcomer Bob Heffner.

The recount at county election offices in West Deptford last week, ordered by Superior Court Judge Kevin T. Smith, consisted of about 600 mail-in and 10 provisional ballots.

In a court filing Monday, Garbowski requested the judge to also grant him three votes he observed at the recount that he contends were in his favor but likely rejected by machines because voters had over-selected candidates and then indicated their intentions to pick him.

If the judge were to grant his request, Garbowski would still need to acquire two additional votes to equal Heffner's 1,403.

"Machines make mistakes," Garbowski said. "There's nothing to say there may not be two, three, four other votes."

Three at-large seats are open on the seven-member council, in addition to the mayor's post. Garbowski's running mates - Paul Craig, Brent Salvadori, and mayoral candidate Councilman Bill Sebastian Jr. - also lost to Heffner's team, which includes Bart McIlvaine, Cody Miller, and mayoral candidate Councilman Daniel Teefy.

Teefy said his team would discuss the situation Monday night, and decide whether the candidates would raise their own legal challenges. The group has raised questions about the validity and handling of certain ballots. - Angelo Fichera

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