TROTWOOD, Ohio – After counting provisional and absentee ballots, incumbent Trotwood Mayor Mary McDonald was re-elected to the office by five votes.
“I never thought it was going to be this close,” admits McDonald. “There were a lot of reasons why it became this close, but I never thought it would be this close because Trotwood has made such major strides in the last four years.”
The certification of the election in Montgomery County took place Tuesday morning, which included counting provisional and absentee ballots.
“Everybody’s been just holding their breath not knowing which direction we were going to be going,” says McDonald.
On Election Night, McDonald’s opponent, current Trotwood city councilwoman Yvette Page Nelson, had won by two votes.
“I just want to thank you so much for exercising your right to vote, and I’m just praying for Trotwood that we move forward,” says Page.
Due to the small margin, the race is heading for an automatic recount.
“We have to do the recount under the law if it’s within five percent of the vote total,” says Montgomery County Board of Elections Director Jan Kelly.
Election officials say they don’t believe the outcome will change. While Page was hoping to secure the spot, she thanked voters for their support.
“Leadership is being behind the scenes, in front of the scenes, and just working for Trotwood regardless of what position you’re in,” says Page. “I’m still fighting for Trotwood because we’re a tenacious Trotwood.”
Mayor McDonald also thanked voters, saying Trotwood has made great strides.
“We believe that we are moving in the right direction and we want to continue to do that great work for each and every one of our citizens,” says McDonald. “I’m excited to be able to assure our city council that they still have Mary McDonald and they’re going to continue to move forward in doing great things.”
The recount will take place on Dec. 4th at 8:15 a.m.