Recount: Berry still wins

Published 9:29 pm Monday, November 17, 2008

Pike County Commission’s District 6 race came to an end at the conclusion of Monday’s recount, with Republican Karen Berry still leading her opponent Oren Fannin by six votes.

Berry, who has served on the commission before, has fought a long-battle to become the District a6 commissioner.

After a runoff in the District 6 primaries in February against her Republican opponent Adam Drinkwater and then a margin too close to call for sure against Fannin, Berry said she is glad to finally be in the seat.

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“I just want to represent District 6 to the best of my ability,” Berry said. “It was a good race, and I congratulate my opponent on a very good race.”

Though Berry has served on the commission, she is not the incumbent for the commission spot. Republican David Carpenter, who died during his term, was replaced by the appointed Drinkwater, and Berry ran for an open seat.

Her win will leave the commission divided 3-3, with Berry, Jimmy Barron and Robin Sullivan the three Republicans and Homer Wright, Charlie Harris and Ray Goodson the three Democrats.

Berry said in office she will work to reduce the county debt, find funds for road and bridge repairs and ensure financial stability in the county.

Fannin could not be reached for comment following the recount, but prior to it, he said he would not concede even after Monday’s results.

If Fannin files a contest, he has 20 days after the final results are posted to file the civil lawsuit.

Pike County Probate Judge Bill Stone said the recount tallied ballots from the six precincts in District 6, provisionals and absentees, and each situation matched the numbers from Election Day and the provisional count held last week.

Monday was the first time Pike County has had a recount involving a candidate election.

In 2004 and 2006, Stone said the county participated in two state recounts involving amendments.

The District 6 recount was required by law, as the six vote difference, 1,391 to 1,385, was within a half of 1-percent margin.