While Cheri Barry is moving forward as mayor-elect, Democrat Percy Bland says he wants to take time to make sure all the votes cast were counted correctly. He says he has already started gathering information from the city clerk to begin the process.
In the meantime, Barry spent the day resting with her family, but she says her next step as mayor-elect is definitely on her mind.
But Barry says the fact that the results were so close tells her that there are many divisions within the community that need to be repaired.
Waiting for the results Tuesday night was an emotional roller-coaster for Barry and her supporters. Around 9 p.m., Barry was roughly 100 votes ahead of Bland but with several hundred absentee ballots left to count. The Barry camp spent the next couple of hours on pins and needles waiting for the news that absentee ballots would put Barry ahead by 304 votes.
And now, with just over a month before elected officials take office July 6, Barry admits she has a lot of work to do. In fact, she already has several meetings scheduled with different groups around the city.
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