Incumbent Powell City Council member Jon Bennehoof has been declared the winner over challenger Nicole Scott in the race for the third of three available council seats in the Nov. 5 election.
A recount, conducted Dec. 2 by the Delaware County Board of Elections, confirmed the results of the board's Nov. 22 final canvass.
The race remained undecided on Election Day, with 11 votes separating the two candidates.
The final canvass, including provisional and absentee ballots, narrowed the tally to 10 votes, with Bennehoof receiving 1,198 votes and Scott taking 1,188 votes.
The closeness of the race triggered the recount, but in the end, the final numbers proved accurate.
“There was no change,” board of elections director Karla Herron said after the recount Dec. 2. “The official canvass numbers remain the same.”
Challenger Heather Karr and incumbent Dan Swartwout won the other two available council seats in the Nov. 5 election. Karr will take office in January, replacing Brendan Newcomb, who did not run for reelection.
Bennehoof, currently acting as Powell mayor, has served on council since 2012.
“I look forward to continue serving the community as well as partnering with the new leadership in (Liberty Township) to reestablish a working relationship for the good of the larger community,” Bennehoof said. “I hope Nicole will remain an active participant in the community.”
Last month, Scott said she planned to do exactly that, regardless of the outcome of the recount.
On Dec. 3, she congratulated Bennehoof and the other two winners, and confirmed her intent to stay active in city government.
“I ran for office with the goal of securing a council seat, and the close race confirms that my message resonated with voters,” Scott said.
“Despite not securing a seat, I remain committed to stay involved in city decisions and direction through being an active participant in council committees.”