Recount ordered in Callands-Gretna District race

(Chatham, Va.) – A recount has been ordered in a Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors race that ended in a razor-thin margin of victory.

The Callands-Gretna District supervisor’s seat was won by Ben Farmer, who beat Barbara Hancock by just 14 votes out of almost 2,800 ballots cast.

Representing herself, Hancock filed a request for a recount on Nov. 21. The request was granted this week by Judge Stacey W. Moreau.

The final tally in the board of supervisors’ race was 1402 votes for Farmer and 1388 votes for Hancock. The local electoral board certified the election on Nov. 14.

Pittsylvania County Registrar Kelly Bailess has estimated that the recount would cost between $8,000 and $13,000.