Like a gambler hoping for a lucky number, never-say-die unsuccessful Sun Valley City Council candidate Milt Adam is betting $100 that a recount of votes today from the Nov. 6 municipal election will wipe out his seven-vote losing deficit and win him a two-year seat on the city's governing body.
Adam lost the election to incumbent Councilman Dave Chase by a margin of 245-238.
However, apparently suspecting an incorrect manual counting of the results, Adam invoked a privilege under Idaho State Statutes 50-471 and 34-23 challenging the results and asking for a recount.
City Clerk Kelly Ek stands by the final tabulation.
Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has appointed Deputy Attorney General Mitch Toryanski to come to Sun Valley to monitor the vote recount, which will be held at 9 a.m. today in the Sun Valley council chambers. Also attending will be City Clerk Ek, election judge Sharon Egan, election clerk Dayle Moore and, of course, Adam.
A spokesman for the attorney general, Bob Cooper, said the recount is a "standard procedure," adding that the cost to Adam is a $100 fee. Travel costs of Wasden's deputy from Boise will be absorbed by the state, he said.
Adam has tried three times to be elected to the City Council. The seven-vote spread in the Nov. 6 elections is as close as he come to the prize.