Recount set in school board raceA recount begins Wednesday, April 14 to determine the winner of the race for the Hudson Board of Education. In an even closer race in the town of St. Joseph, challenger Kevin Adkins was declared the winner over incumbent Dan Gavin by the flip of a coin Wednesday, the morning after the election.
By: Doug Stohlberg, Hudson Star-Observer
A recount began Wednesday morning to determine the winner of the race for the Hudson Board of Education. The recount was requested by incumbent board candidate Cindy Crimmins who lost to Patricia German by three votes.
In the election held Tuesday, April 6, two of four candidates were elected. The final vote totals were:
Mark Kaisersatt 960
Pat German 929
Cindy Crimmins 926
Jim Bartlein 920
In a petition filed with the school district before the 5 p.m. Monday deadline, Crimmins alleges that she “believes that a mistake has been committed in one of the wards or municipalities in the counting…” or “…that errors could have been made in the counting…”
The district includes votes from the city of Hudson, village of North Hudson and towns of Hudson, Troy and St. Joseph. Because of the small margin of victory, by state statute, challenger Crimmins will not be required to pay for the recount.
The recount begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 14 at the district’s administrative offices, 644 Brakke Dr.
In an even closer race in the town of St. Joseph, challenger Kevin Adkins was declared the winner over incumbent Dan Gavin by the flip of a coin Wednesday, the morning after the election. The race ended in a 226-226 tie. After the official canvas, the tie still stood.
At the coin flip, Lloyd Dahlke represented Adkins and Donna Rosentreter represented Gavin. The two were to call heads or tails. Dahlke called “heads;” Rosentreter called “tails.”
The coin was tossed by town Clerk/Treasurer Marie Schmit. The coin came up heads which was verified by Dahlke, Rosentreter, Schmit and Jim Traeger. Adkins was then determined to be the successful candidate for the First Supervisor position. Gavin chose not to request a recount.