Avon Lake attorney Gerald Phillips said he expected his demand for a recount of votes last week in the April 28 Lorain County primary election to be an exercise in futility — and it was.

In the Republican primary for one of two open seats on the Lorain County Board of Commissioners, North Ridgeville Councilwoman-at-Large Michelle Hung defeated Phillips 57% to 43%. Hung received 8,471 votes and Phillips 6,440, according to final official results.

Hung will face incumbent Democratic Commissioner Lori Kokoski in November.

The percentages were upheld in the May 28 recount and did not meet the legal threshold for a recount. Phillips provided no proof of the need for one ande will be liable for its cost, estimated at $1,700 by Board of Elections Director Paul Adams.

According to Ohio rules, a recount for a county-level race is automatically triggered when the margin between votes is less than 0.5%.

In an email, Hung said: “Team Hung worked hard to get our message out to the people and I defeated Mr. Phillips by over 2,000 votes. My campaign for the general election is in motion and I want people to know that I will be their voice and represent them while serving on the board of commissioners. I bring a calm, steady and reliable work ethic to the people.”

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