BOSCOBEL - City of Boscobel residents exercised their voting rights in the first stage of the race for city mayor on Tuesday, Feb. 15.
The winners were announced that evening with Brenda Kalish leading at 167 votes, Robin Baumeister following with 130 votes and Kurt Hoeper receiving 127 votes. With this count, Kalish and Baumeister were selected to go onto the ballot in the April 5 election.
On Thursday, Feb. 17 City of Boscobel Administrator Misty Molzof received a petition for recount from Kurt Hoeper and arrangements were made for a recount on Friday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.
The city employed five poll workers who also worked the election to execute the recount. Molzof noted that it took a little over an hour to manually count the 424 individual ballots.
“The recount turned out exactly the same as the results for the election,” Molzof said.
“424 ballots, 167 for Brenda Kalish, 139 for Robin Baumeister, and 127 for Kurt Hoeper.”
Three witnesses were in attendance for the recount, including Kurt Hoeper, Robin Baumeister and Theresa Acker.“Since the election results were less than 10 votes difference, the aggrieved candidate did not have to pay for the cost of the recount,” Molzof noted. “The total cost of the recount to city tax payers was about $400 for wages, mileage and supplies.”