It took election workers just over two hours on Friday to come to the same conclusion they had on election night. Wade Wagner, a 48-year-old dentist, had beaten incumbent North Las Vegas City Councilman Richard Cherchio, 64, by a single vote for the Ward 4 seat.
The result of the afternoon recount, requested by Cherchio, “validates the accuracy” of the June 7 election, said Larry Lomax, Clark County registrar of voters. “Nothing changed,” he said. “Wade Wagner still has one more vote. I’m very confident in the system we use to conduct elections.”
The final tally was again 1,831 votes for Wagner, 1,830 for Cherchio.
Neither candidate attended the recount, held at county election center offices in North Las Vegas. But Bradley Schrager, an attorney for Cherchio, said: “This is far from over.”
He stopped short of saying Cherchio will challenge the election in court.
“I’ll go back to talk to him and we’ll decide what decision is best for him and the citizens of North Las Vegas,” Schrager said.
Cherchio didn’t return a call seeking comment Friday afternoon.
Wagner was on Mount Charleston with his daughter and could not be reached.
Keith Buck, who was Wagner’s campaign manager and is the husband of North Las Vegas Mayor Shari Buck, said he thinks “everybody is going to be satisfied” now that the recount is over.