A longtime Union County school board member asked for a recount Monday in a race that she lost by 74 votes.
The recount for the school board District 2 race will take place next Monday morning, Union County Board of Elections Director John Whitley said. A potential delay disappeared Monday when no recount was sought in the lieutenant governor’s race.
In Union County, Carolyn Lowder has served 18 years on the school board, and chaired the group from 1994 to 2002. But the retired high school science teacher from the Wingate area lost the District 2 race to Kevin Stewart.
On Friday, the county certified the results, with Stewart at 5,291 votes, Lowder at 5,217 votes, Chris Randall with 1,875 votes and 38 write-in votes, Whitley said.
Lowder said many of her supporters had been urging her to seek a recount, even though she thinks it is unlikely the recount will overturn the results.
“But it’s a possibility, so I’m willing to go that far,” Lowder said. “My husband has said for years, if you can’t stand to lose, don’t run.”
Lowder said she is taking the outcome “pretty well.”
She said while she can no longer advocate for children as a board member, she’ll continue doing so as a citizen.
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