Former Placentia councilor Bernie Power, who ran against Wayne Power Jr. in the recent municipal election, has asked for and been given a judicial recount for the mayoral race by a provincial court judge on Oct. 2.
The municipal election, which took place across the province Sept. 24, resulted in an extremely tight race for mayor in Placentia, where only two votes initially separated the two potential leaders, leaving Wayne Power Jr. with 972 votes against Bernie Power's 970.
The ballots were recounted the next day, and Wayne Power's lead widened by another two votes, making the official count at 970 for Wayne Power and 966 for Bernie Power, a four-vote spread.
Returning officer and town CAO Ed O'Keefe said it could be up to two weeks before those official results are known. In the meantime, he said, Wayne Power Jr. is interim mayor until the judicial recount is completed, and there is a council meeting planned for next Tuesday, Oct. 8.
Bernie Power told The Charter the judge granted him the recount with a recount date tentatively set for Oct. 11.