Recount: Isom declared winner

No change in vote totals

T-R PHOTO BY MIKE DONAHEY New second ward councilor Gabe Isom of Marshalltown is pictured listening to a presentation at Monday night’s city council meeting.

Two votes.

That was the number which still separated winner Gabe Isom and runner-up Bob Untied in the recount of the special Marshalltown Second Ward city election held Monday in the Marshall County Courthouse.

Isom’s total remained at 96, and Untiedt’s 94.

“After recounting with the voting equipment and hand-counting, the results did not change from election day results of Feb. 27,” said Marshall County Auditor/Recorder Nan Benson.

After polls closed the evening of Feb. 27, Benson reported Isom the unofficial winner with 96 votes followed by Untiedt’s 94. Candidates Jay Carollo, Brittany O’Shea and Leigh Bauder followed with 90, 68 and 44 votes respectively.

A total of 393 votes were cast, representing 10.17 percent of 3,863 eligible ward voters.

On March 2, Untiedt submitted a written request to Benson for a recount.

Untiedt did not have to pay for the recount.

The recount board was comprised of Ben Cooper, who was Untiedt’s designee, Christine Hunt, Isom’s designee, and Maria Vargas Gonzalez, appointed the third member to the recount board.

“I am excited we will now be at full staff for city council,” said Isom in an email to the Times-Republican. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with the other council members, city staff, and our residents. A big thank you to everyone for the support as I ran and I am grateful in getting elected to represent the second ward and our community as a whole.”

“Good news, “ said Untiedt. “The recount showed the system worked. Since the difference between winner and runner-up was one-half of 1 percent, it was a prudent measure requesting the recount.”

Following Monday’s recount, Isom was sworn in and was seated in time for Monday night’s council meeting.

The second ward, which encompasses much of Marshalltown’s northwest quadrant, has been without representation on the city council since Jan. 2.

On that date then second ward councilor Joel Greer was sworn in as mayor.

“I am thrilled to have a younger person to serve on the city council,” said Greer. “I hope that trend continues. And, I wish to thank the other qualified candidates who wanted to serve and the effort they put forth.”

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Contact Mike Donahey at 641-753-6611 or mdonahey@timesrepublican.com