Recount to be held today

LAWRENCEVILLE - Elections officials will recount the votes today in last Tuesday's tight District 1 GOP primary.

Just 19 votes shy of making the Aug. 8 runoff, former Suwanee Councilwoman Carol Hassell asked for a recount of the 6,471 votes case in the primary.

"That's such a slender gap that I ought, in fairness to all the people who supported me, to see whether it was an accurate count," Hassell said.

According to the official count, certified Friday, the environmental activist received 1,869 votes, coming in third place behind Shirley Fanning Lasseter's 2,714 and Bruce LeVell's 1,888.

LeVell, a Duluth business owner who serves on the boards of MARTA and the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District, said his campaign would probably consider a recount if the roles were reversed. But he has already begun a runoff campaign, knocking on doors each night since the primary.

"I haven't slowed down. We've been full steam ahead since Tuesday," he said. "It doesn't hurt to keep working."

Lasseter, the former mayor of Duluth whose 42 percent of the vote wasn't enough to avoid a runoff, said she is also continuing her campaign.

"I'm focused on winning this election and working with the citizens of District 1 regardless of who my opposition will be," she said, adding, "I'm very confident of the professionalism of the board of elections."

The recount will begin at 9 a.m. today at the election office's Grayson Highway address.