HERRIN — Challenger and current city council member Steve Frattini said he definitely will request a recount after Tuesday night’s final vote count showed him losing to incumbent Mayor Vic Ritter by three votes.
“That’s pretty much standard procedure,” Frattini said about seeking a a recount after losing by such a narrow margin. The count showed 891 votes for Ritter to 888 votes for Frattini.
Frattini, a Fazoli’s Restaurant manager, was leading Ritter by three votes when all votes from the precinct ballot boxes were counted – 835-833.
Ritter was not conceding defeat at that point, saying he was waiting for the absentee votes to be tabulated. Shortly after finding out he apparently had won by three votes, Ritter said he expected Frattini to ask for a recount.
Frattini said he expected a close race, especially with a third candidate in the running. Monica Young, who finished with 371 votes.
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Ritter is seeking his fourth term as the town’s four-year mayor. He announced his reelection intention in July as part of Herrin’s “Economy Labor Party.” He has campaigned on continuing improvements to Herrin’s infrastructure and cited a significant number of new housing starts since 2007.
Frattini has campaigned on tougher public safety and stronger enforcement of city codes and ordinances.