Not so fast say a group of business leaders, community activists and labor organizations who are challenging the unofficial results of the Redding City Council race between incumbent Dick Dickerson and challenger Gary Cadd.
The final unofficial results have Cadd winning by a slim 11-vote margin.
Northeastern California Building and Construction Trades Council Wednesday filed an official request for a recount of the race.
"The official request, filed with the Shasta County Clerk's office, seeks a manual hand recount of the ballots in order to
verify the legitimacy of the results that showed candidate Gary Cadd defeating incumbent Dick Dickerson by just 11 votes," said Council Chairman Andrew Meredith .
Meredith added that the bipartisan group, Full Count for Redding 2012, has also filed FPPC forms with the Shasta County Clerk's office, as well as with the Secretary of State, to form a political action committee (PAC) that will serve as the recount funding arm of the group.
Election officials say a recount could cost as much as $10,000.
“With election results this close, we believe as a collective group that the voters of Redding deserve to know that the results ‘as reported’ are truly representative of the will of the people, Meredith said. "With machines counting the vast majority of ballots cast in this election, we firmly believe that the possibility of mechanical error
contributing to the outcome of this race is real. While we have full faith that County Clerk Cathy Darling Allen and her staff have honestly reported the results as compiled by a mix of initial machine and manual counting, the margin in this race and the ramifications of the results have essentially forced our hands.”