Recount results in a change in Onaway

The county board of canvassers convened Wednesday at the county courthouse to conduct a recount which changed the results of the Onaway City Commission election. (Photo by Peter Jakey)
The county board of canvassers convened Wednesday at the county courthouse to conduct a recount which changed the results of the Onaway City Commission election. (Photo by Peter Jakey)

(DEC. 14, 2016) — There was a change in the numbers following a recount of ballots cast in the Onaway City Commissioner’s race and a change in who won the election.

Incumbent Ron Horrocks (124) picked up two votes and Pat Preseau (120) lost three to give Horrocks the second seat.

Matthew Dunn was the clear winner for the first seat and there was little chance that was going to change.

On election night, Preseau had a one vote win, 123-122, but Horrocks petitioned for a recount.

The county board of canvassers convened Wednesday  (Dec. 14) at the county courthouse and with the assistance of two workers went through each ballot and said the name of each candidate.

Pat Preseau
Pat Preseau
Ron Horrocks
Ron Horrocks

Members of the county board of canvassers kept their own tallies and when the stack of ballots had been completely gone through, all four had the same result.

A motion was passed to accept the numbers, officially handing the victory to Horrocks, who will begin serving a new term after the first of the year.