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Candidates in two close Waterford races opt to forgo recounts

Waterford — Two candidates who lost close races here on Election Day have waived their right to seek recounts, Town Clerk David Campo said Thursday.

Democrat Kate Fioravanti, who trailed J.W. “Bill” Sheehan, a fellow Democrat, in balloting for the Board of Finance, chose not to contest the two-vote margin that separated them, Campo said. Sheehan garnered 2,637 votes to Fioravanti’s 2,635 votes.

Also winning finance board seats Tuesday were Republicans Kevin Reardon, Kevin Petchark and James M. Reid.

In the race for Representative Town Meeting seats in the Fourth District, Republican Francisco Ribas, who came within 11 votes of Democrat Sally B. Ritchie, decided to accept the outcome, Campo said. Ritchie had 827 votes to Ribas’s 816 votes.

Also elected in the district were Democrats Steve Elci and Susan Driscoll and Republicans Thomas Dembek, Michael Rocchetti and Mike Bono.

A margin of 20 or fewer votes automatically triggers a recount unless the candidate with the lower vote total chooses to forgo it.

b.hallenbeck@theday.com

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