, Salem, MA

November 16, 2013

Paul Prevey seeks recount in Salem's Ward 6


---- — SALEM — There will be a recount in Ward 6.

City Councilor Paul Prevey, who was narrowly defeated in this month’s city election, filed a request for a recount yesterday morning at the City Clerk’s office.

“He’s going forward,” said City Clerk Cheryl LaPointe.

Prevey filed a petition with the required 10 signatures of registered voters in his ward. The deadline for filing was Friday at 5 p.m.

In an upset, first-time candidate Beth Gerard beat Prevey by 16 votes in the Nov. 5 election. Gerard received 483 votes to 467 for Prevey in the ward’s two precincts. Of the 1,001 votes cast, there were 46 blanks and 5 write-in votes.

No date has been set for the recount.

The Board of Registrars of Voters will meet Monday to set a date, according to LaPointe.

The Salem News was not able to reach Prevey, who has held the Ward 6 council seat since 2006.

Earlier this week, Ward 4 Councilor Jerry Ryan announced he would not seek a recount in the councilor-at-large race. In the citywide election, Councilor-at-large Bill Legault edged Ryan out for the fourth and final spot by 26 votes.

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