A veteran Union County school board member is considering whether to seek a recount in a race she lost by 86 votes, according to unofficial totals from Tuesdays election.
Carolyn Lowder said Wednesday she was planning to look closely at the recall requirements and results for the District 2 race before making a decision.
Unofficial results from all precincts showed Kevin Stewart with 5,275 votes, or 42.67 percent, and Lowder with 5,189 votes, or 41.98 percent. Chris Randall received 1,860 votes, for 15.05 percent.
A retired high school science teacher from the Wingate area, Lowder has served 18 years on the board, and chaired the group from 1994 to 2002.
She has until 5 p.m. Nov. 19 to request a recount, county Board of Elections Director John Whitley said.
Absentee ballots can still be counted if they arrive by Friday and were postmarked by Tuesday, he said. The board also has 885 provisional ballots to count.
While recounts are not uncommon in the county, Whitley said that no recount in the five years he has been with the board has resulted in a change of an election result.