PRESTONSBURG - Sam Howell
was confirmed as the next Mayor of the City of Martin
following a recanvass of the election results Thursday at the Floyd County court house in Prestonsburg.
The final results of the election following the recanvass was 161 votes for Sam Howell
, and 158 votes for Thomasine Robinson.
A drawn out legal battle over the election results could ensue, though according to Keith Bartley, unless the judge in the case should find cause to set aside the election results, Sam Howell will be the city of Martin's mayor on January 1, 2013.
said that he
had challengers in the precincts as well, and that to his
knowledge, no challenges were made.
thought the election "seemed to go pretty fair."
According to Howell, upon taking his position as Mayor of Martin, his first act of duty will be to request an audit of the cities finances be performed by the State Auditor as well as requesting an investigation by federal authorities of what he termed, a "misuse of funds."
says the biggest challenges he
will face is the cities debt, and its ongoing issues with it's sewer stations.
"People have to stuff rags into their sinks to fight back the smell of sewer backing up," said Howell
According to figures from Thursday's recount, Sam Howell
won both the Martin
and John Possum voting precincts, while Robinson acquired more votes though absentee.
Thomasine Robinson and several associates were in attendance as well as Sam Howell