SYRACUSE -- A recount has upheld the razor-slim margin Councilman Doug Peterson garnered to win a re-election bid.
Peterson was certified as the winner of a seat on the city council last week in a one-vote margin over challenger Daniel Schuler.
A recount Monday showed the final tally to be the same, at 1,005 to 1,004. That margin was certified by a unanimous vote in a special city council meeting Monday afternoon.
Peterson has served one term on the council and was the only incumbent to win a return to the council in a six-candidate field Nov. 8.
The race has been close at every step in the process.
After the canvass Nov. 8, Schuler held a four-vote edge over Peterson, and that vote narrowed to one later in the week, when provisional ballots were counted. The two-vote swing from absentee ballots on Nov. 15 swung the tally in Peterson's favor.
Schuler said he owed it to his voters to call for a recount.
City Recorder Cassie Brown noted the recount did not come up with any different tallies in any precincts over steps of the process.
After the certification vote, Peterson said the recount did not weigh on his mind, but he noted a number of people have come up to him since Election Day, saying they should have turned out to vote to increase his margin of victory.
Councilman Matthew Kimmel said of the recount:
"I think it's great for the integrity of the process. I also think it's great people in this country have the chance to ask for a recount."
Close elections are not new to Peterson. Six years ago, he lost by 11 votes in his first bid for a council seat, and four years ago, he tied with Councilman Alan Clark for the second and third seats on the council.
Karianne Lisonbee led all candidates with 1,538 votes, while Craig Johnson also won a four-year seat on the council with 1,488 votes. Clark finished with 942 votes, and Councilman Matthew OcaA+-a tallied 824.