Monday 26 January 2015

Sugar Land Recount: Mitchell Still Wins Council Seat By Single Vote


Today’s recount of the District 3 Sugar Land City Council race resulted in the same outcome as on election day with local attorney Amy Mitchell winning by a single vote.

The recount of ballots by hand found the same 791-790 result, leaving Mitchell with a razor-thin single-vote win over engineering consultant Howard Paul.

Sugar Land Mayor James Thompson had appointed residents Mary Von Tungeln, Kathy Huebner, Steve Porter, Joe Zimmerman and Stephen Ip to serve as the recount committee and conduct the manual count. The recount took place at the Fort Bend County Election Administration Office in Rosenberg.

Paul was not on hand for the recount and not immediately available for comment. He also has not conceded the race

There also continues to be controversy surrounding three mail-in ballots that could influence the vote total. Two of the ballots were tossed out because they were postmarked after the June 11 runoff date. A third was rejected because of a problem with the signature.

A group of Paul supporters, headed by First Colony resident Nancy Hentschel, said they were going to meet and discuss their next move.

For her part, Mitchell said she was “ready to serve the people who elected me.”

In a news release late today, the City of Sugar Land said Mitchell would be sworn into office June 28 at city hall.