Recount breaks tie in Brownsville mayoral race
A court-ordered recount in a Fayette County mayoral race broke a tie between two candidates who staged a write-in battle for the Republican nomination.
James S. Lawver beat out Lester Ward by two votes, tallying 18 write-ins to Ward's 16, according to Larry Blosser, election bureau director.
The two candidates had been tied at 14 prior to Monday's court-ordered recount. Judge John F. Wagner Jr. ordered the recount after a hearing last week.
Blosser said problems with write-ins occurred when some voters failed to mark a box next to the name of their write-in candidate. Because the boxes were not marked, a computer that scans the ballots did not recognize the votes, Blosser said.
The ballots were individually examined during Monday's recount to identify all of the write-ins, Blosser said.
Lawver's write-in win means the two men will battle it out for mayor in the fall because Ward had previously defeated Lawver for the Democratic nomination.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- 2015 Connellsville grad identified as victim of Bullskin motorcycle crash
- Day-old baby dropped at Uniontown hospital by nurse
- Masontown woman charged with leaving infant in hot vehicle
- Connellsville board hikes taxes, adds to layoffs
- Motorcyclist dies in accident in Bullskin
- Trooper: Cell may have played part in fatal Fayette County crash
- Uniontown man takes plea deal in assault, Connellsville robberies
- Brooklyn man’s cross-state taxi ride leads straight to jail in Uniontown
- Fayette County Fair won’t be disrupted by Route 119 project
- Advocates peddle development on Sheepskin Trail
- Connellsville mom urges vote on medical marijuana proposal