Challenger petitions for hand recount in District 9

By Brandi Makuski

A challenger for the Stevens Point City Council’s 9th District seat has petitioned the city for a recount of the spring election results.

Brian Beaulieu on Friday submitted his petition asking for a hand recount of the ballots cast in the Feb. 19 primary. Challenger Polly Dalton and incumbent Mary McComb survived the city’s only primary race on Tuesday with a final tally of 107-77, respectively, with Beaulieu losing by only one vote.

“That is good enough cause to trigger a hand recount,” said City Clerk Paul Piotrowski, who oversaw Friday’s canvas board. “Candidates have up to three days to petition for a recount.”

Beaulieu, the only candidate in attendance at the canvas board, said, “I’ve come prepared,” showing the official petition documents he carried in with him.

The recount is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. in the City Conference Room of the Stevens Point Courthouse, 1516 Church St., and is open to the public.

Piotrowski said he expects the recount will take less than an hour.