A Nov. 22 date has been set for the Delaware County Board of Elections to determine whether or not a recount will be necessary to determine who won a third seat on the Olentangy school board this election.
Among four candidates seeking three seats on the school board, Adam White narrowly won the third-most votes, according to final but unofficial results released by the elections board Tuesday night.
But White’s 8,185 votes (20.59 percent) are close enough to Martin Johnson’s 8,099 votes (20.37 percent) to possibly trigger an automatic recount.
The Delaware County Board of Elections still has 345 provisional ballots from Olentangy precincts to count before it can certify the vote totals, said deputy director Karla Herron. At the board meeting later this month, elections officials will decide which provisional ballots are valid, and counts the ones that are. If White and Johnson are still separated by a margin of less than 1/2 percent after that, it will result in the recount.
White, 33, works in accounts receivable for Atrium Centers LLC, a skilled nursing care company and is an active member of the Delaware County Republican Party.
Johnson, 41, is a senior service manager for engineering conglomerate Siemens, and had previously served on the school district’s cost savings and efficiency and school funding action committees. He was also appointed as project leader for Olentangy 2020.
Incumbents Stacy Dunbar, 48, and Kevin O’Brien, 43, re-won their seats rather handily, picking up 29.15 and 29.89 percent of the votes, respectively.