A new face will join the Dexter Township Board of Trustees at its meeting on Dec. 18 following a recount of the township's Nov. 6 election results on Monday.
The Washtenaw County Board of Canvassers confirmed that resident Bill Gajewski was elected to the board with 1,629 votes.
"I'm extremely elated to win," Gajewski said. "I want to thank everyone who voted for me, especially because I didn't actively begin campaigning until the week prior to the election due to family issues. I'm happy with the results."
According to the official election results on Nov. 6, Anne Sullivan-Buchholz won election to the board with 1,631 votes to Gajewski's 1,630. Under election law however, any candidate can file a request for a recount up to six days after an election.
The individual that files the petition must pay $10 per precinct for each precinct he or she would like recounted. After the petition is filed, the other candidates are notified and given the opportunity to file objections to the request.
According to Ed Golembiewski, chief deputy clerk for Washtenaw County, no objections were filed.
Gajewski's petition for the recount states that he believes one voter was not properly asked to present an ID at the polls, along with concerns of absentee voter ballot duplication.
Gajewski has a background in conservation, with a bachelor's degree from Ferris State University and master planner certification from Michigan State University.
Gajewski, who characterizes himself as a fiscal conservative, said he would like to preserve the quality of the lakes community and rural character of the township while still allowing for flexibility in the township's zoning ordinance.
"We do not want to become Anywhere, USA, by losing our sense of place and our sense of community via large lot zoning. This can easily happen with a too restrictive, overreaching zoning ordinance," he said.
Township Clerk Harley Rider said this is the first time in 27 election cycles that a candidate asked for a recount.
"I feel bad for Anne because she brought a fresh voice to the board. I respected the approach she took with her responsibilities; however, Bill brings a new perspective as well, and I think we'll work well together," Rider said.
Gajewski will be sworn-in later this week.
Dexter Township Trustee RecountCandidate Votes John Emerick
1,577 Bill Gajewski
1,629 Mike Howard 1,629
Carl Lesser 1,801 Anne Sullivan-Buchholz
1,624 Steve Feinman 1,494 Jason Maciejewski