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Libby Jones, Richardson election up for recount

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 166, No. 45, November 10, 2004

By Jessica Lee
Staff Writer

GREENVILLE A too-close-to-call margin in the House District 27 race between Sharon Libby Jones and Earl Richardson is leading to a recount.

Libby Jones requested the recount.

According to unofficial tallies, Libby Jones, running as a Democrat, received 2,425 votes to Republican incumbent Richardson's 2,462 votes.

The difference 37 votes is comparable to that in the 2002 election between the same people in the same race. She said that the roughly 40-vote margin between herself and Richardson back in that election was narrowed to just six votes after a recount, with Richardson winning.

I can't believe I'm doing another recount," said Libby Jones on Monday. She said that she is asking for a recount because of the "significant issues facing this district" in the coming years.

In order for the recount to take place, state police will collect the ballots in all towns represented by House District 27 (representing the towns of Abbot, Beaver Cove, Bowerbank, Brownville, Cambridge, Greenville, Guilford, Monson, Parkman, Sebec, Shirley, Willimantic and Plantation of Kingsbury, plus the unorganized territories of Blanchard Township, Northeast Piscataquis including Barnard and Elliotsville Townships and Northwest Piscataquis).

The recount is not yet scheduled.

According to Doug Dunbar, deputy secretary of state, the recounts will begin this week and run through the week of Nov. 15. Statewide, there are 12 House seats to be recounted, along with two county commissioners seats.

Dunbar said representatives of both candidates will perform the official recount in Augusta, at a state police facility, under the observation of officials from the Maine Secretary of State's office.

Libby Jones has served two terms in House District 27. This is her fourth campaign for that seat.

Richardson also has served two terms as state representative.

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