NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and WeatherDecision 2011: Nelson County Sheriff’s Race Recount

It looks like there is going to be a recount for the sheriff's race in Nelson County.  Incumbent Sheriff David Brooks won with just nine more votes than his opponent Mac Bridgwater.

Republican candidate Bridgwater says he is not conceding yet.  the nine-vote difference is too close for him, and by law, he is entitled to a recount.

It's a busy day for the Nelson County electoral board. They are certifying the results of Tuesday's election, which includes checking the math – especially for the sheriff's race.  Brooks received 2606 votes while Bridgwater secured 2597 votes.

General Registrar Jacqueline Britt stated, “We will more than likely have a recount in the sheriff's race.”

Bridgwater, a former deputy for the Nelson County Sheriff's Office, says he is going to ask for a recount and that he is not losing anything by asking for it.

“Bridgwater will need to file a petition, and the window for him filing that petition is within ten days of the election being certified by the electoral board,” Britt said.

Sheriff Brooks released the following statement to NBC29 regarding the race:  “It was a close race. I am the sheriff for everyone in Nelson, not just for the ones that voted for me.”

As far as paying for a recount, it looks like Nelson County will bear the expense. it meets the requirement of Virginia state code. 

Britt said, “It's my understanding if the difference is below 1 percent, then the cost of the recount will be born on Nelson County.”

In this case, the difference is less than 1 percent.

The vice chair of the electoral board in Nelson County says while this race is close, this is not the closest race he's seen.  just a few years ago, he says there was a three-vote difference in the board of supervisors race.

NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and WeatherDecision 2011: Nelson County Sheriff’s Race Recount


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