A recount produced no changes in the outcomes of four local races, including Hilliard school board, according to the Franklin County Board of Elections.
That means Nadia Long will retain her seat on the Hilliard board.
“All recounts conducted didn’t change from the official canvass and what was certified to the (Ohio) Secretary of State,” Aaron Sellers, public-information officer for the Franklin County Board of Elections, said Dec. 4.
The board of elections does not have to recertify anything because the results have not changed, Sellers said. The recount is official but the board will “probably reaffirm the results," he said.
Two Hilliard school board seats were up for election Nov. 5 – one by Long and the other by Heather Keck, who did not seek reelection. Five candidates ran for the seats.
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%).
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.
"With the results being official, I am excited to begin my second term," Long said. "I am thankful for all the support through the campaign and each vote on Election Day."
Trout confirmed the board of elections had notified her of its findings, but she declined to comment on the recount.
The other two candidates were Brian Morgan, who received 3,844 votes, and Jon Parker-Jones, who received 3,658 votes.
The board of elections conducted mandatory recounts for three other races: Prairie Township fiscal officer, Urbancrest Village Council and Worthington City Council.