The election came down to only three votes in favor of Pritchett, who received 207 votes, or 50.2 percent, to Miller’s 204 votes, or 49.5 percent. Friday’s recount upheld those certified votes, said Janine Eveler, director of the Cobb Board of Elections & Registration.
Miller requested the recount, which he was entitled to do because there was a less than 1 percent difference between the votes he and Pritchett received.
“I really expected it to be the same,” Miller said on Friday. But “being that close and going through the election, I thought, ‘Well, I have to take it that last leg, just to see’ but, I didn’t really expect any other outcome. I did a good job, Melleny did a good job and it was a very clean and cordial election.”
Miller said he expects to seek elected office again in the future.
Pritchett, who was first elected to the council in a 2001 special election, said she is excited to continue representing the northeast Smyrna ward. Addressing the problem of vacant buildings in the city was one of her campaign pledges.
“I’m honored and pleased that I will be representing Ward 1 for another four years and the city of Smyrna,” she said. “I’m looking forward to implementing the stabilizing vision I have for Ward 1 in the next four years.”
A recount of the Ward 7 race results also revealed no changes, Eveler said.
Ron Fenell received 39.3 percent, or 697 votes, and he will face Garry Osborne, who got 21.4 percent, or 380 votes in a December runoff, because no candidate received the 50 percent plus one vote needed to win outright.
Vic Yankouski requested the recount as a result of his close third-place finish. He received 21 percent, or 373 votes. Ziad Salameh earned 18.1 percent, or 322 votes, in the four-person race.
A runoff for Smyrna Wards 4, 5 and 7 is scheduled for Dec. 6.