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In what is the closet Town Council race in decades, a mandatory recount is being held on Monday in Town Hall to determine who will win the 4th District.
Republican incumbent Steve Carroll and Democratic challenger Peter Talbot were deadlocked at 797 votes each on Election Night. While town officials verified the results on Wednesday, two additional votes were found at Norton School for Talbot, which previously were not counted. Talbot is now the apparent winner, and will be seated on the Council next month. The Republicans would maintain control of the Council, with a 6-3 majority. Talbot would be the only newcomer to the Council, as eight incumbents were reelected Tuesday.
Since the results are so close, the state requires a mandatory recount. Local officials are confident that the results are accurate, and Talbot will be declared the winner.
Long-time residents might recall the Nov 2. 1971 Town Council election, in which there was a tie for a seat. It was the first ever Council election, following the Town's charter revision. Democrat William Shugrue and Republican Allen Perrins were tied at 710 votes each. Recounts showed a dead heat, and a special election was held the next week. Shugrue ended up winning the seat in the second voting by 98 votes.
For more on this story, including quotes from the candidates and party officials, see the Nov. 17 edition of The Cheshire Herald.