East Jordan School District board member Mont Millerberg is ahead by nine votes after Tuesday's canvassing to count absentee and provisional ballots.

In the June 24 election, Millerberg was 10 votes ahead of opponent Tom Burke in Precinct 1.

Because the race is so close, a recount will be held today, according to Sherrie Swensen, Salt Lake County clerk.

There were 39 additional votes from absentee and provisional ballots for Precinct 1. Millerberg now has a total of 440 votes, up 10 from election day. Burke has 431 votes, an increase of 11 votes. A third candidate, Lynette Phillips, received 338 votes in the canvassing, up 18.

Election officials said a recount very rarely changes the outcome of an election. "The votes may change by one or two," said Salt Lake County election manager Julio Garcia.

Burke, a math teacher at Wasatch Junior High, said, "I don't think I have too much of a chance of winning."

He added he plans to volunteer where needed in the district and give ideas to the board.

Millerberg, an accountant, said despite the fact the new east-side board sat through an 11-hour meeting Monday, he is still glad he won and is excited for the new position.

"Going into this, I knew there would be a pretty substantial time commitment getting the new district organized," he said.

East board member Ellen Wallace, an incumbent from the original Jordan board, is headed into her 14th year as a school board member. She had announced her resignation but rescinded her decision before the June 24 election.

Wallace told the new east board during its meeting Monday that she wasn't excited about the district splitting and she will just see how things go regarding any potential resignation.

Since Wallace has experience in hiring a superintendent, she hopes to be of assistance to the board. "I live on the east side and I want to see it do well," she said. "I want to propel the district to new heights."

East board member Tracy Cowdell, also an incumbent, said he wants Wallace to stay, especially given her experience in hiring a superintendent. "We need you on this team," he said.

The east-side Jordan board includes four incumbents: Wallace, Cowdell, Kim Horiuchi and Sherril Taylor.

Three new members are Millerberg, Kevin Cromar and Paul McCarty.


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