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Recount confirms Boff's win on Forsyth commission

POSTED: August 23, 2008 5:00 a.m.

A recount this morning has confirmed the results of the Aug. 5 runoff election, with Jim Boff edging Julie Tressler by 30 votes for the District 5 seat on the Forsyth County Commission.

Tressler asked for the recount last week, as the difference between the two candidates was within 1 percent of the vote.

In the end, Boff received 50.24 percent of the vote, compared to Tressler's 49.76 percent.

I’m glad it’s been reconfirmed exactly as expected,” Boff said after the recount at the county administration building. “I hope we can go on from here and get some work done for the county.

“It was a close race and I’m just glad that it’s over.”

Tressler said she hasn’t made any decisions on her next course of action. Though it is unlikely a government entity can call for a revote, she has the option to appeal the election in court.

Tressler said she didn’t expect the results to be different Tuesday, she just wanted to verify them.

“I got into the race kind of late and I spent a lot of time thinking where I could have gotten 30 more votes,” she said. “Of course, it’s disappointing to come that close.

“It is hard because I feel like I didn’t lose, I feel like I ran out of time.”

Boff and Tressler emerged from a field of four candidates in the July 15 Republican primary.

The District 5 post is currently held by Linda Ledbetter, who chose not to seek re-election.

There was no Democratic opposition for the seat, so Boff is scheduled to take office in January.


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