published Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Walker County candidate for sole commissioner will ask for recount

Bebe Heiskell  and G. Paul Shaw Jr.
Bebe Heiskell and G. Paul Shaw Jr.
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Walker County sole commissioner challenger Paul Shaw is asking for a recount in the race where he lost by 211 votes.

Shaw, who ran against longtime Commissioner Bebe Heiskell, led the race for most of Tuesday night. But Heiskell squeezed by with 51 percent of the votes by the end of the night.

Shaw is sending a petition to the county to ask for a recount and says the Walker County Board of Elections has agreed to consider his request.

Election officials say they have spoken on the phone to people about a recount, but haven’t received anything officially in writing and couldn’t comment until then.

Heiskell didn’t immediately return calls seeking comment.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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