Unofficial results from the Nov. 5 election indicate that Marysville Board of Education President Jeff Mabee came up short in a four-way race for three school board seats.
However, the difference in the number of votes between him and Brian Luke may be small enough to qualify for an automatic recount.
According to unofficial returns from the Union County Board of Elections Tuesday night, the top vote-getters were Ed Pleasant, Dick Smith and Luke.
Mabee has served on the board for eight years, six of those as the president.
Pleasant received the most votes with 3,358, or 30.17 percent, followed by Smith, with 3,209 votes, or 28.82 percent.
Luke received 2,308 votes or 20.73 percent, and Mabee received 2,257 votes, or 20.27 percent, a difference of 0.46 percent.
Ohio law provides for an automatic recount if the margin of victory is less than one-half of 1 percent of the vote.