One local race that was separated by just 12 votes will get an automatic recount, the Clark County Board of Elections director said Tuesday.
The German Twp. trustee race in which Bob Clark defeated Steve Bevan by a vote of 733 to 721 will be recounted.
Races that finish with margins of 0.5 percent or less qualify for an automatic recount. The recount will be conducted at 9 a.m. Saturday.
The pair were joined in the race by German Twp. Trustee President Charles C. Metzger, who won one of two seats with 809 votes.
Clark County Board of Elections Director Matthew Tlachac said the recount likely will not change the results of the Nov. 5 election.
“I don’t anticipate any changes,” Tlachac said.
Clark owns Clark’s Farm Market and has served on the German Township Zoning Board since 2003.
He is a graduate of Northwestern High School and served in the Ohio Air National Guard for nine years.
Bevan is a 1983 graduate of Northwestern High School and is now a small business owner and farmer.
Prior to the election, Bevan told the Springfield News-Sun his top priorities were the Upper Valley Mall and other local businesses. He said he would like to look into whether tax breaks could help them succeed.
“My second concern is the township budget to and make sure we are on track and within our budget at all times,” Bevan said.
Clark said his goals were to maintain township services, adhere to the township budget and encourage community involvement.