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After recount, Cox confirmed as victor in Hyde Park mayoral contest

November 14th, 2009 Posted in Opinion

By Dana Ivins

HYDE PARK–After a close and unpredictable race, Bryan Cox won the mayoral election by three votes following a recount Friday. Tom Price requested the recount Thursday morning, which resulted in one vote added to Cox’s total, making 436, and leaving Price’s unchanged at 433.

“I’m excited. We’re going to hit the ground running come January,” said Cox, 48, saying he feels grateful and humble to be the new mayor. “I think I ran a good campaign.”

Price, 70, said he requested a recount because it was available to him, but added he wasn’t expecting a change. “It’s good that it’s done, it is what it is. I wasn’t really optimistic that there would be any change. This really does set the record straight, and it’s something that needs to be done to clear the air.”

Cox and Price said the only thing they would do differently in their respective campaigns is knock on more doors.

“I think we did just about all we could do,” said Price. “But you can second-[guess] yourself to death on something like this. I was just very pleased with the fact that I was able to contact so many nice people. There really are a lot of great folks out there.”

“At the end of the day, we’re still friends,” said Cox. “It’s great to live in Hyde Park. We can move forward and do a lot of good things.”

According to city recorder Marsha Hymas, 872 of Hyde Park’s 2,240 registered voters participated in this election.

Campaign rewind:

Nov. 3 – Cox 429, Price 430.
Nov. 11 – Addition of 9 approved provisional votes change Cox’s total to 435 and Price’s to 433.
Nov. 13 – Recount raises Cox to 436, leaves Price unchanged at 433.

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