A two-day recount in the Buncombe County Soil and Water Conservation district supervisors’ race is over. Incumbent Elise Israel, along with newcomer Chase Hubbard, have retained their leads.
The recount was requested by incumbent supervisor Jeff Turner, after initial counts showed him narrowly losing to Hubbard for one of the two open seats. Under state law, a runner-up may request a recount if the margin of victory is less than one percent of all votes cast.
Hubbard actually widened his lead from 176 votes in initial counts to 183 in the final recount. The final count for the race is as follows:
Elise Israel 22,539
Chase Hubbard 21,697
Jeff Turner 21,534
Alan Ditmore 12,224
— David Forbes, senior news reporter