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Recount confirms Vlieger's victory

Don Vlieger has unseated incumbent Carol Stone in the Sunnyside City Council, District 3 race.

That was confirmed this morning (Monday) after the Yakima County Canvassing Board conducted a hand recount requested and paid for by Stone.

The county elections manager, Kathy Fisher, confirmed for the Daily Sun News that there was no change in the Nov. 3 general election tally that showed Vlieger winning by seven votes, 662 to 655.

Vlieger's victory means two of the Sunnyside City Council's three incumbents in the general election were defeated. The other was appointee Jesse Hernandez Jr., who lost to Mike Farmer, also a former councilman.

Corky Mattingly is Yakima County auditor and she said it's "very typical" for there to be no changes in a recount.

Vlieger's general election margin was just outside the margin needed for a mandatory recount.

As a result, Stone filed with the auditor's office for a hand recount of the votes and paid a deposit of $344, or 25 cents per ballot.

Fisher says the county is still tallying the cost of the recount.

By law, a machine recount is mandatory when the margin is one-half of 1 percent or less. Stone missed it by three-one hundredths of a percent.

Two weeks ago Stone said she sought the recount at the backing of her supporters.

Messages were left with both Stone and Vlieger requesting comment on the recount results but neither had responded as of press time.

The county's Canvassing Board met at 4 p.m. today to certify the results of the recount.

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