City council: Shoe-Corrigan and DeBettignies will serve another four yearsDeBettignies narrowly beats challenger Tim Judy for second council seat. A recount is possible.
By: Emily Zimmer, Rosemount Town Pages
During city administrator Dwight Johnson’s performance evaluation a few weeks ago Mark DeBettignies joked that his review would be election night. Well by a thin margin it appears voters chose to keep DeBettignies around.
DeBettignies barely beat challenger Tim Judy for the second open seat on the city council. Fellow incumbent Kim Shoe-Corrigan received the highest number of votes, 3,764 to win the first open seat according to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s unofficial results.
“I feel very blessed and humbled with the confidence I’ve received to keep serving,” said Shoe-Corrigan.
Shoe-Corrigan said there’s no better place to serve the public than at the local level. While there are many things that will go into the next four years Shoe-Corrigan said she will continue to work on making Rosemount a great place to live.
According to the state’s website DeBettignies received 3,436 votes against Judy’s 3,410. Joe Kurle came in last with 2,675.
The difference between the candidates is less than half a percentage point, which means there will likely be a recount.
According to Minnesota State Statute a losing candidate election to a municipal may request a recount of the votes cast for the election to that office if the difference between the vote cast for that candidate and for a winning candidate for nomination or election is less than one-half of one percent of the total votes counted for that office. In case of offices where two or more seats are being filled from among all the candidates for the office, the one-half of one percent difference is between the elected candidate with the fewest votes and the candidate with the most votes from among the candidates who were not elected.
Since the margin is so close if Judy request a recount the city will be responsible for funding it, said communications director Alan Cox. Judy can request a recount after the council has canvassed the results. The council will meet for a special meeting Nov. 10 to canvass the results.
“It’s so close. Things could change. We will just have to wait and see,” said DeBettignies. “I’ve had eight good years of service and I would be honored to serve four more if selected.”
Calls to Tim Judy were not returned.