The Hilliard school board race will be the subject of an automatic recount, according to a press release from the Franklin County Board of Elections on Nov. 22.

Two seats were up for election Nov. 5 – one by incumbent Nadia Long and the other by Heather Keck, who did not seek reelection.

According to official results the board of elections released Nov. 22, Brian Perry led the field with 5,212 votes (24.08%) and Long had 4,487 votes (20.73%).

But Stasi Trout was right behind Long with 4,444 votes (20.53%).

"I attended the special meeting yesterday, along with Brian Perry, at the board of elections," Long said Nov. 23. "I am appreciative of all the work of those involved in the election process."

Long said it appears the recount should be completed by mid-December.

"I'm thankful to the (board of elections') efforts to ensure the accuracy of the results," Trout said Nov. 22. "If they tip in my favor, I'll certainly be honored to serve our district."

In Ohio, recounts are mandatory when the difference between a winning candidate and the candidate with the next highest number of certified votes is less than one-half of 1% of the total votes cast for that ballot question, according to guidelines from the Ohio Secretary of State’s office. 

The recount is scheduled to begin Dec. 2 at the Franklin County Board of Elections office, 1700 Morse Road in Columbus, the press release said.

Three other recounts are expected for county races: Prairie Township fiscal officer, Urbancrest Village Council and Worthington City Council.

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