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Recount for Chesterfield Township Clerk Upholds Berry's Win

Macomb County recount workers determined Monday that Cindy Berry won the Nov. 6 election.

An election recount Monday upheld Cindy Berry's Nov. 6 win for Chesterfield Township clerk.

The process, spearheaded by Macomb County election workers, began around 8:30 a.m. and officially wrapped up around 5 p.m. inside the township municipal offices, Berry said.

"Obviously, I'm pleased with the outcome and I'm grateful we let the process work," Berry said. "I'm satisfied as well that now we can move on."

Incumbent Jan Uglis requested the recount after a tight race that determined challenger Berry won by 43 ballots in early November. Berry has since assumed responsibilities in the full-time elected position. She says the recount even uncovered several extra votes that were previously unaccounted for.

The county election recount results show Berry received 50.1 percent of the vote and Uglis trailed closely behind with 49.9 percent, according to the county website.

Uglis paid $400, much of which came from supporters, to the township for the recount request. The process will cost Chesterfield Township a minimum of $3,000, according to the township.

When asked about the cost for the township, Uglis previously told Patch, "It's my right as a taxpayer and it's my right as a candidate to request a recount."

She said she decided to seek the recount to get peace of mind in such a close race. She could not immediately be reached Monday evening for comment.

l.c. December 04, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Well, thank you Mrs Uglis for waisting tax payer money. As if we already aren't stretching tax funds you felt the need to waste thousands or OUR dollars to prove what we already knew, you lost.
jcusu December 04, 2012 at 02:31 AM
'peace of mind' that cost the taxpayers how much? What a waste.
Mark December 04, 2012 at 12:52 PM
OK Uglis let's see how much you love the township - pony up the dough for this stupid recount. Shame on you.
Tony Armijo December 04, 2012 at 04:52 PM
The continuing problem is politicians do not care if they spend your tax money!
Jan Uglis December 06, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Am I satisfied with the outcome of the recount...absolutely not....six precincts were never recounted and it is my understanding from the counters that one of those precincts were off by 44. No, I don't like using tax dollars for recounts, but that is the way the election law works...the candidate pays for the precincts that they want recounted and the rest is picked up by government. I believe I have paid my fair share of taxes in the 38 years that I have lived in Chesterfield. I have been a faithful servant to my community in many avenues unlike the majority of those who do nothing to move their community ahead. I have always run on my own merit and have NEVER run a dirty campaign in all the times I have seeked office. If you want some monies back in the coffers, maybe you might ask the new clerk to take her family off the medical benefits....this benefit is costing the taxpayers close to $26,000 a year.
Julie Raptis December 16, 2012 at 09:57 PM
As an ex-employee of Chesterfield Township, how is it that you have access to the records on who is covered by what benefits? I'm a little concerned about privacy issues if your HR or Benefits departments allow such information to be made public. What else is the township sharing that they shouldn't?
Jan Uglis January 07, 2013 at 04:46 AM
As an ex-employee of the township, you should know that anything paid by taxpayer's monies is open to the public. Figure it out, if you have two adults and two children (one in college) that makes four people getting benefits. It's not that hard to figure out. There are some requests that need to be have FOIA requests and health information is confidential, but benefits are not.

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