St. Hilaire and Flaherty

From left: Matt St. Hilaire and Tim Flaherty.

BEVERLY — City election officials will meet Wednesday morning to accept petitions requesting a recount in the councilor-at-large race from earlier this month, and then schedule the recount itself.

The election on Nov. 7 came down to a tight race between Matt. St. Hilaire and Tim Flaherty for the third at-large seat on the Beverly City Council.

Flaherty, a former longtime councilor, edged out St. Hilaire, who was seeking his third-term, by just 11 votes — 3,166 to 3,155.

Longtime councilor Paul Guanci, meanwhile topped the ticket, followed by political newcomer the Rev. Julie Flowers for the other two at-large seats on the nine-member council. Esther Ngotho and Brian DApice finished out of the running.

St. Hilaire decided to seek a recount and filed his petition last week with the city clerk's office and the Board of Registrars. It was a decision Flaherty, who noted the low turnout in the election, also supported.

The registrars will meet Wednesday at 10 a.m. at City Hall to accept the certified petitions, schedule the recount and review procedures for the process.