Runoff results still unofficial

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 25, 1999

Primary election runoff results are still unofficial, but should be certified today.

Election officials worked all day Wednesday to verify the results of Tuesday’s election, but lack counting two more precincts for District 5.

So far, unofficial results show Lynwood Easterling edging out James West for the Democratic nomination for Adams County District 5 supervisor.

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Also in Tuesday’s voting, James Lee beat incumbent Hugh Tedder for the Democratic nomination for county coroner. Unofficial results showed Lee with 3,244 votes to Tedder’s 2,009.

Just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, election officials were recounting ballots from District 5’s Oakland precinct. Because of a discrepancy in the number of ballots run through the machine, the ballots were fed into the machine again to be recounted.

Those numbers will be added to the numbers of verified absentee and affidavit ballots.

Easterling and West waited at the courthouse throughout the afternoon for the official results.

&uot;I think they just have to sort through everything,&uot; West said. &uot;I’m waiting to get all the information in.&uot;

West said he will wait for an official tally before he decides whether to contest the election results.

&uot;This is part of the process,&uot; Easterling said. &uot;I look forward to when the vote is certified, and I look forward to getting back on the campaign trail.&uot;

Both candidates thanked their supporters and said the race was clean.

&uot;I think that says a lot for the representation of District 5,&uot; West said. &uot;But we’re going to have to work on the harmony in the district.&uot;

West said he was disappointed to see race play a large part in the election.

&uot;There’s a lot of division and I think we’re going to have to take a long look at that,&uot; he said. &uot;Very few industries will locate in a divided community.&uot;

Easterling said he and West both recognize that jobs are one of the greatest needs in the county.

&uot;We have the same ideas,&uot; Easterling said. &uot;The basis is jobs.&uot;