Sheriff candidate files for recount

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Since sheriff candidate Tim Watkins filed suit in the circuit clerk office to request a recount of the paper ballots, Friday, May 28 at 9 a.m. Judge Kim Childers oversaw the recount.
The ballots remained locked with three separate locks under judge’s orders since the re-canvas on Thursday until the Friday hearing, at which time Republican County Board of Election member Mike Prater, Democrat Chairperson Randy Salyer and Avonell Bailey, the commissioner setting in for the sheriff, unlocked the box.
Mike Prater read off the votes one at a time, while others in the courtroom tallied the numbers. In the end, Tim Watkins and Sheriff Bob Jordan both gained one vote, not changing the original outcome. Watkins obtained 176 votes, while Jordan received 196.
Watkins, a cousin to Jordan, said it was not hard staying close to his opponent, even during the tight competition.
“I think in a close race like this, there’s something about the camaraderie,” Watkins said. “It brings you closer together, campaigning together and knowing you were that close. The will of the people has been shown and it’s time for Magoffin County to move on.”
Jordan said, “I don’t think there was a cleaner race out there. There was nothing derogatory said. We’ll move on now to start campaigning for the November general election.”