Belleville Mayor Raymond Kimble and Councilman Kevin Kennedy have filed for a recount after losing re-election on May 8.
The recount will be held today.
Kimble lost his bid for a fourth term by 97 votes to former councilman Michael Melham, while Kennedy was ousted by 309 votes, according to unofficial tallies from the Essex County Clerk.
Kimble won the voting machine vote by 297 votes, 1,650 to 1,353, with another 799 votes for a third candidate, school board member Liza Lopez. But Melham, who served as a councilman from 2000 to 2004, scored a lopsided VBM win: 473 to 86, with 51 for Lopez. That moved Melham’s needle for 43%-36% for Kimble to a 41%-40% win.
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