As the returns came in Tuesday night, elections officials were praying … please, no recounts! Well, they got another one. A Board of Education recount between Republican Chris Taylor and Working Families Party candidate, incumbent Howard Gardner, will take place Wednesday morning 10 a.m. in the Margaret Morton Government Center.
On Tuesday Democrats Hernan Illingworth, Jessica Martinez and Sybil Allen won seats, joining three other Democrats on the Board of Education. That left three slots for minority-party representation. Incumbent Republican John Weldon and Joseph Sokolovic, running on both the GOP and WFP lines, won seats. Taylor ran ahead of Gardner 1,143 to 1,128 triggering a recount.
Gardner won a Board of Education seat as a Democrat in 2013, joining a slate that defeated endorsed Dems in a primary on the way to a general election win. He opted for the WFP line this time around.
The day before the recount a Democratic primary for City Council in the North End 133rd District will take place between former State Rep. Bob Keeley and Anne Pappas Phillips versus party-endorsed incumbent Jeanette Herron and Michael DeFilippo. The top two finishers among the four on Nov. 14 will face Republicans Michele Minutolo and Neville De la Rosa Dec. 12.
Keeley filed a court challenge of Herron’s 1-vote September primary win after a previously uncounted absentee ballot cast for Herron found its way into a recount. Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis ordered a new election.