18-year-old holds on to two-vote lead in Hillsdale mayoral race
November 10, 2005, 12:05 PM
HILLSDALE, Mich. (AP) -- An 18-year-old high school student running for mayor held on to a two-vote lead Thursday following an official count by the county Board of Canvassers.
County Clerk Thomas C. Mohr said Michael Sessions had 670 votes to Mayor Doug Ingles' 668.
Earlier unofficial figures had shown Sessions with a 64-vote lead over the 51-year-old incumbent.
Several votes for Sessions, a write-in candidate, were disqualified because they were cast for candidates not registered to run or for candidates running for other races, the Hillsdale Daily News reported.
Mohr said the two-vote lead will stand unless the count is challenged. It would make Sessions the youngest mayor in the history of Hillsdale, which has a population of 8,200.
Ingles has until 5 p.m. EST Wednesday to ask for a recount.
Sessions used $700 from a summer job to fund his race, putting up signs throughout the city and campaigning door-to-door.
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