Recount shows Pelican Bay council candidates are still tied

Posted Monday, May. 20, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
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Pelican Bay voters will have to make another trip to the polls next month after a recount still showed a tie vote in the Place 4 City Council race.

Tish Allen and Glen Oberg each received 54 votes in the May 11 election, and the same results were tallied in an automatic recount from the Tarrant County elections office Monday.

The election will be held June 15 along with other run-off races on the Tarrant County ballot.

Pelican Bay will have to pay $10,000 to conduct the election, according to Steve Raborn, Tarrant County elections administrator.

Allen said she was not expecting the recount to result in another tie. But she said another council member asked her to withdraw because it would cost the city money to hold an election.

“I’m here for the citizens,” Allen said.

Along with the tie in the Place 4 council race, Raborn said another recount will be conducted Tuesday in the Place 5 council race where one vote separated incumbent Robin Finstad from Joe Bologna.

Bologna asked for the recount late Friday, he said.

Finstad said she was surprised to learn of the recount because it has been 10 days since the May 11 election.

She added that the city will have to come up with the funds to pay for the special election in the Place 5 race.

Finstad, 47, questioned Pelican Bay’s shaky finances during her first term in office. An auditor’s letter showed the city had $50,000 on hand earlier this year, but the number was later revised to $85,000.

Bologna, 32, a truck driver, has criticized Finstad for voting down proposals that would bring in development to Pelican Bay.

Elizabeth Campbell, 817-390-7696 Twitter: @fwstliz

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