June 14, 2013
The Electoral Board for the City of Charlottesville counted the final three provisional votes on Friday. Bob Fenwick had a total of 5 provisional votes and Wes Bellamy had none.
Both had to wait almost three days for the final decision. Fenwick related it the bottom of the 9th inning in a baseball game.
"I've been behind and came back, I've been ahead in the top of the 9th and then we've lost, you can't get caught up in what if this, or what if that, it'll drive you crazy," Fenwick said. "You just have to let the process play out."
"Am I going to win or am I going to lose? Honestly," said Bellamy when asked what's been going through his mind the past three days.
Fenwick was ahead three provisional votes going into the board meeting on Friday where he received an additional two votes. This made the final city-wide count for Fenwick: 1,093 and for Bellamy:1,088.
Fenwick joins Krisin Szakos as the democratic nominees for city council.
"It's a great feeling to have a team around me that's what I didn't have before," said Fenwick, who ran as an independent in 2009 and 2011. "And the democratic party works hard, they're organized, they've been around for a long time and they've really led the city well for the past 30 years so I'm just thrilled to be part of that."
Now it's onto the next challenge.
"Some people say they're concerned about the challenge. I would take it an opportunity, to remind the city what the democratic party has done for the last 30 years," Fenwick said.
Szakos and Fenwick will run against republicans Mike Farruggio and Buddy Weber.