Lowder asks for recount in school board race

Nov. 19, 2012 @ 06:12 PM

Carolyn Lowder has officially requested the Union County Board of Elections perform a recount in the Board of Education District 2 race.

Candidate Kevin Stewart edged Lowder out by 78 votes in the general election. Fellow candidate Chris Randall came in third.

"It's well within the limit and many of my supporters, in fact, pretty much all that I had spoken with thought I should ask for the recount," Lowder said. "I just want the count to be for certain." 

Lowder denied any agenda in asking for the recount. 

"Other than that, I don't have any particular agenda, obviously," Lowder said. 

Lowder added that while humans make occasional mistakes, for the really big mistakes, a computer is needed. 

Lowder is a retired educator. She has served on the school board for 16 years, acting as chairman from 1994 until 2002. 

She was surprised by how close the election was. 

"I think everybody was. (People) that I spoke with with shocked by my loss, actually," Lowder said. 

She pointed out that she did not do any polling during the election. 

"I really didn't have any idea what was going on out there other than among the people I knew," Lowder said. 

The recount is not likely to take very long, Lowder said. 

New school board members will be sworn in at the next next school board meeting on December 4.