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Tavares Mayor Troy Singer talks with his attorney Laura Hargrove at the Lake County Supervisor of Elections office on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, after a recount confirmed his victory in the Nov. 5 election over Walter Price. Singer won by five votes, the recount confirmed.
Tavares Mayor Troy Singer talks with his attorney Laura Hargrove at the Lake County Supervisor of Elections office on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, after a recount confirmed his victory in the Nov. 5 election over Walter Price. Singer won by five votes, the recount confirmed. (Jerry Fallstrom / Orlando Sentinel)

TAVARES — Mayor Troy Singer’s razor-thin election-night victory was confirmed Friday after a state-mandated recount.

Singer’s seven-vote margin Tuesday night fell to five votes, but it was enough to give him another term.

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The recount overseen by Lake County Supervisor of Elections Alan Hays culminated a contentious campaign for Seat 4 in which challenger Walter Price criticized Singer for his early stances in favor of a controversial proposed bond issue to fund a $27 million performing arts center.

Singer, 49, later came out in opposition to the measure and said he would vote against it. The proposal was defeated by a wide margin.

Singer, who has been on the council since 2016, wound up with 1,306 votes to Price’s 1,301 votes.

Tavares City Council candidate Walter Price, left, sits with Lake County Supervisor of Elections Alan Hays during a recount into the Seat 4 race on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.
Tavares City Council candidate Walter Price, left, sits with Lake County Supervisor of Elections Alan Hays during a recount into the Seat 4 race on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. (Jerry Fallstrom / Orlando Sentinel)

Price, the 61-year-old Lake County Republican Party chairman who vowed to bring fiscal conservatism to the City Council, would have needed to flip three more votes to claim a one-vote win.

On Tuesday night Price got momentarily excited when the count showed him leading by one vote. But a later batch of mail-by-vote ballots put Singer, who helps his wife with her aquatic swimming business, barely over the top.

Recounts are triggered by law when the margin of victory is a half percent or less. The election night margin was 0.26%.

Following the machine recount, the Tavares canvassing board examined 118 ballots containing undervotes, meaning the person didn’t cast a vote in the Singer-Price race.

One voter circled Singer’s name but the canvassing board didn’t allow it because the voter filled in an oval on another race.

Laura Hargrove, left, attorney for Tavares Mayor Troy Singer, and A.J. Rohe, right, attorney for Singer’s challenger Walter Price, inspect bags containing ballots ahead of a recount on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at the Lake County Supervisor of Elections office in Tavares. At center is poll services director Bob Bridgeman.
Laura Hargrove, left, attorney for Tavares Mayor Troy Singer, and A.J. Rohe, right, attorney for Singer’s challenger Walter Price, inspect bags containing ballots ahead of a recount on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at the Lake County Supervisor of Elections office in Tavares. At center is poll services director Bob Bridgeman. (Jerry Fallstrom / Orlando Sentinel)

“Sorry, Mr. Singer,” Tavares City Council member Roy Stevenson said.

Someone else wrote in “Mickey Mouse.”

Price picked up two votes from mail-by-vote ballots that contained signatures that weren’t clear, Hays said. The canvassing board accepted the two but rejected a third on Thursday night.

Singer said the recount showed that government works and that he was “vindicated by the process.”

He said he plans to “just go back serving the great citizens and businesses of the city of Tavares, and I look forward to doing that.”

He said he doesn’t see the performing arts center proposal being resurrected.

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“I think it’s dead," he said. "You look at what the voters said, almost a 90% failure rate, so, yeah, I think the voters have spoken.”

Leaving Hays’ office, Price said, “I think it’s a loss for the city of Tavares.”

He said city officials need to be “more vigilant in what the city does with their [residents'] tax dollar.”

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