The results were based on votes that had gone uncounted Election Day after voting machine memory cards were inadvertantly left untabulated.
Angela Mansfield said today she wasn't that surprised at the turnaround. She had guessed she might get about 52 percent of the vote and kept looking for a spike from precinct Pike 13, a heavily Democratic area she called "the gold mine."
"I got a call today, and apparently it (the vote memory card) had been left in the machine," she said. "I was kind of getting used to the idea I would have more time.
"Mansfield, the mother of a Marine, said she would be happy to work with Mayor-Elect Greg Ballard, a retired Marine. But she said it will be tough being in the minority on the council.
"I don't feel that strongly one way or another about the turnaround," she said. "Now that we won't have the majority, I won't have that strong an influence on public policy. I was hoping to strengthen the smoking ban, and now I don't think that will happen."
If this sounds familiar, think back to the close race between Jon Elrod and Ed Mahern in a state representative race. Elrod wins on election night, memory cards are reported missing, they are recovered and Elrod's lead dwindles but not enough to tip the balance in favor of Mahern. This time, the "lost memory card" switched an outcome in a race that seemed certain on election night. Congratulations to Angela on her belated win, but I hope she understands if this writer is less than confident this race was decided fairly. And Angela can blame Beth White's office for creating that uncertainty. As with a criminal case, I have a real problem with the chain of custody of these lost and found memory cards.