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A manual recount conducted this morning (Thursday, June 11) of the unofficial returns from Tuesday’s primary election regarding the District 1 county commission post and Grady County tax commissioner was completed in just over two hours, but the results are unchanged from Tuesday night.
Grady County Election Superintendent Denise Maddox said she was contacted Wednesday morning by District 1 commission candidate Richard Jordan and tax commissioner candidate Bobby Newmons requesting a recount of the mailed-in absentee ballots in both races. It took just over half an hour to complete the recount in the District 1 race and just over two hours to finish the recount in the race for tax commissioner. In both recounts the unofficial returns were confirmed with incumbent Commissioner June Knight still garnering 557 votes and challenger Richard Jordan, 507; for tax commissioner, incumbent Tax Commissioner Barbara Darus received 2,032 votes and challenger Bobby Newmons got 1,929. All four candidates were invited to observe the recount, but only Jordan accepted the invitation.
“Congratulations to Miss June. Once again it was a close race. I wish her and Grady County the best. I really do,” Jordan told The Messenger at the conclusion of the recount Thursday morning. Jordan came up four votes shy of Knight for the District 1 post in 2017, but in that contest Jordan did not seek a recount. He told Maddox Thursday that he did so this time because it was the first time an election had been held with a new system, the large number of mailed-in ballots, and with election officials working after midnight to finish the tabulation of the absentee ballots. Jordan said he was satisfied with the results and thanked Maddox and her team for going through the process at his request.