The results have been finalized in the race for Chapel Hill Town Council after a recount was completed on Thursday. UNC senior Tai Huynh has officially taken incumbent Nancy Oates' seat.
Seven candidates ran for four seats in the Nov. 5 election. Election night results showed incumbents Jessica Anderson and Michael Parker holding onto their seats and newcomer Amy Ryan joining the Council. But the race was tight for the fourth spot between incumbent Nancy Oates and challengers Sue Hunter and Tai Huynh.
On election night, the totals showed Huynh ahead with 3,960 votes, followed by Oates with 3,936 and Hunter with 3,926.
Per Orange County election law, non-prevailing candidates within one percent may request a recount after results are certified at the Board of Elections’ canvas meeting.
After the canvas last Friday, Oates requested that the Orange and Durham Counties election boards conduct a recount of the Chapel Hill Town Council race. The boards ran all ballots from Chapel Hill precincts through a DS850 ballot tabulation machine, followed by a hand-to-eye recount of two randomly selected precincts, which is typical of the recount process in Orange County.