Pismo Beach mayoral challenger vying for recount
November 19, 2014
A recount may be in order for the Pismo Beach mayoral race, which incumbent Shelly Higginbotham won by a margin of just two votes.
Challenger Kevin Kreowski is vying for a recount, and a supporter of his has mounted an online fundraising campaign to cover the costs. Higginbotham finished with 1,637 votes, and Kreowski tallied 1,635 votes in the final count by county election workers.
Elections officials have yet to certify the results of the race but could do so Wednesday. That would trigger a five-day period for Kreowski to request a recount.
If Kreowski calls for a recount, he must pay for the cost of the work. If he wins, though, the county will refund him the money.
To pay for the recount, Kreowski supporter Mark Adam is requesting donations on the website GoFundMe.com. The campaign has already reached $3,130 in contributions on the site, surpassing the stated goal of $3,000.
Contributions to the recount effort include $300 from County Supervisor Adam Hill and $100 from alleged conman Scott Barnes. The site also lists Higginbotham as a $495 donor.
“I believe it is important to the community to know for certain that the count is correct. Let’s get the election finalized and move ahead,” Higginbotham stated on the fundraising site.