Written by MARK JAEGER
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 18:26
Deciding a four vote margin in last week’s Town of Saukville town chairman race was too close to ignore, Marvin Hoffmann filed a petition for a recount Tuesday.
According to the town’s Board of Canvassers, Don Hamm defeated Hoffmann on the April 7 ballot, 222 to 218.
If the tally holds up, Hamm will have won his first full term after being appointed chairman last year.
Hoffmann is looking to return to town government, which he served for 20 years.
The recount will be conducted at 9 a.m. Thursday, at the Ozaukee County Administration Center in Port Washington.
Asked why he filed the recount petition, Hoffmann had a simple answer.
“Four votes,” he said.
“For my personal satisfaction, I felt I had to see this through.”
Hoffmann said he was surprised he did not win the chairman’s position by a comfortable margin, based on the feedback he received from voters while campaigning door to door.
“You can’t take anything for granted. I guess I learned you can’t always take people at their word when they talk to you about how they are going to vote,” he said.
The village’s Board of Canvassers also confirmed that incumbent Village President Barb Dickmann easily topped challenger Roy Wilhelm in her re-election bid.
Dickmann received 453 votes, to Wilhelm’s 236.
Wilhelm also finished fourth in a race for three village trustee seats, which were retained by incumbent board members.
The final tally was Mike Krocka with 433 votes, Dave Maglio with 420, Joe Caban with 358 and Wilhelm with 290.