According to the unofficial results from the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections, Dan Liedtke received 938 votes in the March 13 Municipal Elections. Incumbent David Hastings recieved 929, nine short of Liedtke's votes.
Recount on Wednesday
The County Canvassing Board will meet on Wednesday at 1 p.m. for a machine recount for the City of Gulfport Councilmember Ward 1 race. According to councilmember Barbara Banno the public is allowed to attent the recount at the Supervisor of Elections Office in Largo.
Gulfport Patch caught up with Dan Liedtke Tuesday night, watch our video to hear more from Liedtke.
Gulfport Patch caught up with David Hastings who stated that he's spent a lot of time with the city and perhaps the loss would allow him to spend more time with friends and family. "I averaged 5 to 15 hours a week with the city." Hastings added that he is disappointed but can now dedicate that time to something else. When asked about the recount, Hastings replied, "I won last time by 11 votes."
A Closer Look at the Unofficial Results
Dan Liedtke received 513 absentee votes and 423 election day poll votes and 2 provisional, totalling 938 votes. That's 50.24% according to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office.
David Hastings received 650 absentee votes and 279 election day poll votes, totalling 929. That's 49.76% according to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office.
Updated 8:44 a.m. Wednesday: Correction: The original version stated that Liedtke won by seven votes, in fact, the difference between the two races is by nine votes because City Clerk Lesley DeMuth said Liedtke received two provisional votes.
Updated 8:44 a.m. Wednesday: Editor's Note: When the unofficial results came in, the numbers showed a seven vote lead. With the two provisional votes, it is currently a nine vote lead.