November 28, 2011
Nelson County Sheriff challenger Mac Bridgwater has filed for a recount. The Republican submitted the paperwork on Nov. 18.
Bridgwater trails Democratic incumbent David Brooks by less than a dozen votes, 2,609 to 2,598. The two are separated by two-tenths of a percentage point.
The razor-thin margin between the two allows for a recount under state law - recounts are legal as long as candidates are separated by less than one percent of votes.
Per state law, the petition for a recount was filed with the Nelson County Circuit Court. The chief Judge of the Circuit Court in Nelson and two other judges appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia comprise the recount court.
“Someone’s got to win and someone’s got to lose. At this point, we’re trying to find out who won,” Bridgwater said in a phone interview with Nelson County Life earlier this month.
Sheriff Brooks says he stands by the results, but adds that his opponent is well within his rights to request a recount.