LAWRENCEVILLE -- He came so close to winning a third term.
So Mike Beaudreau can't help but consider a recount in Tuesday's GOP runoff, where he led in the polling until the final precincts were tallied, ending in a 56-vote defeat.
"It's close enough that I think it warrants it," Beaudreau said of the possibility of calling for a recount, a day after the District 3 commissioner lost the runoff to Tommy Hunter. He said he would make a final decision when the election results are certified Monday. "It's obviously very frustrating, coming that close to winning on the first ballot."
In July, Beaudreau nearly garnered the 50 percent needed to avoid the runoff, despite three men running against him.
But on Tuesday, he said, a disappointing turnout likely led to the downfall. The runoff turnout was well below 10 percent, and Beaudreau noted that he received more votes by himself on July 31 than both candidates brought in on Tuesday.
"We knew when it came to a runoff, you just never know what can happen," he said of likely ending his work on the commission at the end of the year.
Beaudreau said he called Hunter late Tuesday to congratulate him on the victory and offer to help with the transition into office.
Hunter, a former county employee, wants to bring his engineering expertise to issues like water and transportation. He said his team worked hard for the victory and vowed to fulfill campaign promises.
For Beaudreau, the end of the campaign brings some sense of relief.
"I'll get to spend a lot more time with my baby girl, so that's something I'm looking forward to, that's for sure," he said.