Salem Ward 6 candidates (copy)

Jerry Ryan, left, has filed for a recount in Salem's Ward 6 Council race, where he lost by just one vote to Megan Riccardi on Nov. 5.

SALEM — There will be a recount in Salem's Ward 6 City Council race, where Megan Riccardi topped Jerry Ryan by a single vote on Nov. 5.

Ryan, a five-term councilor who previously served in Ward 4 and at-large, filed a formal recount petition prior to the Nov. 15 deadline.

Early Friday afternoon, a date hadn't been set yet for the recount, although the Board of Registrars was due to meet after City Hall closed at 5 p.m. to possibly set that date. City Clerk Ilene Simons indicated the recount may likely occur before the end of the month. 

In the immediate aftermath of the election last week, Ryan made it clear he would seek a recount.

"Within 10 votes? ...I think we'd have to ask for a recount to make sure it's valid," he said at the time. "I'd be stupid not to ask for a recount."

The following day, while speaking with The Salem News for another story, Riccardi offered similar remarks.

"It's one vote... I'm preparing. I'd be silly not to prepare," she said. This election was her first bid for public office.

On Nov. 5, Riccardi won 611-610, an even narrower victory than in the Sept. 17 preliminary election, where she was ahead of Ryan by just four votes.

Contact Salem reporter Dustin Luca at 978-338-2523 or Follow him on Facebook at or on Twitter @DustinLucaSN.

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