OGDEN -- Susan Van Hooser says manpower costs and the validity of the original election results persuaded her not to seek a recount of last week's mayoral primary vote.
Following the official vote canvass this week, Van Hooser trailed second-place finisher Brandon Stephenson by 44 votes. She needed to be within 52 votes to request a recount.
Mike Caldwell finished about 700 votes ahead of Stephenson.
Van Hooser said one of the reasons she decided not to seek a recount is the cost the city would incur by contracting with Weber County to retally ballots, which she estimated could be several thousand dollars.
"It's a money issue," she said Friday.
Van Hooser, currently a member of the city council, also said she has confidence in the validity of original election results because ballots were counted electronically.
Van Hooser also said if she won a recount, she would be left with five weeks to campaign for the Nov. 8 election, while Caldwell would have had seven weeks.
Voters deserve to have a debate for as long as possible to determine the next mayor, she said.
Caldwell said he respects Van Hooser's decision, adding a recount could have been a distraction to the mayoral race. "I talked with Susie (about her decision), and she was really gracious."
Stephenson, also a council member, said he too respects and appreciates Van Hooser's decision. "It gives me an opportunity to commit my focus to my campaign."
Van Hooser, who has nearly 2 1/2 years remaining on her term as the city council's At-Large Seat A representative, said she'll work well with whomever is elected mayor. She has no plans to register as a write-in candidate.
Write-in candidates have until 5 p.m. Monday to file with the city. So far, Patrick Conlin is the only write-in candidate who has filed for mayor.