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Outcome unchanged after council recount

The city of Rosemount has completed its election recount, and the results have not changed.

Mark DeBettignies will serve another four years on the city council after a Monday recount came to the same result as the original vote. DeBettignies won over challenger Tim Judy by 26 votes.

DeBettignies said he's excited to serve the people of Rosemount for another four years. Going forward, he said the council will stay focused on being fiscally responsible and keeping taxes down. Additionally, he said development, both residential and commercial, will be a priority.

"Hopefully the economy will turn around," he said.

The recount wrapped up a little before 3 p.m. Nov. 22. City clerk Amy Domeier said the day went smoothly and no ballots were challenged.

DeBettignies said he was impressed with the process that went into conducting the recount.

"I'm glad I was exposed to it," said DeBettignies.

Judy requested the recount after he received 3,410 votes to DeBettignies' 3,436. Because the margin was less than half a percent the city will incur the cost of the recount.

In an e-mail Judy said he thought the recount went smoothly.

"Election judges were conscientious and thorough," said Judy.

As for being part of the recount Judy said, "Everyone in the council chambers agreed that taking part in the ballot recount was truly an educational and eye-opening experience. It is an insight to what the larger scale will be for the governor's recount coming soon."

Judges only recounted votes for the second- and third place finishers. Incumbent Kim Shoe-Corrigan was the first place finisher Nov. 2 and will serve another four years on the council. Joe Kurle finished last.

While the recount is over, the council still has to appoint another member to serve the remaining two years of council member Kurt Bills' term. Bills was elected to the State House of Representatives.

The council opted to appoint a member instead of holding a special election. Citing money as the reason, the council, in its discussions, has said it will try to make the process as open as possible.

The city council will review the recount and certify the results at a special meeting at 5 p.m. Nov. 23.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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