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Recount of Minneapolis school board ballots coming

  • Blog Post by: Alejandra Matos
  • August 19, 2014 - 4:31 PM

A recount is in order for the city’s at-large school board seat.

Doug Mann

Doug Mann

Doug Mann, who finished fifth, asked for the recount because he had 50 votes less than Ira Jourdain, who advanced to the general election.

There were six candidates in the citywide race, only four moved on to the Nov. 4 election where two candidates will take the board seats.

Jourdain said Mann reached out to him to talk about the request, and Jourdain encouraged him to explore all his options.

“That’s within his right, and if it turns out he comes out on top, then life goes on,” Jourdain said.

Mann said because the margin was so close, he felt he had to ask for the recount.

“I could end up advancing, rather than Ira,” Mann said.

The city will count all 29,129 ballots on Aug. 26 at the elections warehouse, located at 732A Harding Street NE. The city anticipates the process will take up to eight hours.

In addition to Jourdain, Rebecca Gagnon, Don Samuels and Iris Altamirano are on the November ballot.

Star Tribune file photo.

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