At-Large County Council recount over: Pat Northey moves on to face incumbent Joyce Cusack in November

Campaign over for Deltona City commissioner Webster Barnaby

 
Headline Surfer® videos / HeadlineSurfer.com was the only media outlet on hand Friday for the recount of the at-Large County Council race that had incumbent Joyce Cusack winning and Patricia Northey and Webster Barnaby fighting for second place for a November runoff with Cusack. Top videos: Interviews with Pat Northey and Webster Barnaby. Below videos: Interview with Frank Bruno and comments from the Canvassing Board consisting of Bruno, Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall and County Judge Christopher Kelley.
 

DAYTONA BEACH -- The recount for the at-large county council primary between Webster Barnaby and Pat Northey is over. And now so is the campaign of Barnaby as Northey moves on to a November showdown with incumbent Joyce Cusack.

The recount concluded at 3 this morning following the counting 75,000 ballots at the historic Volusia County Courthouse in DeLand that is home to the Supervisor of Elections where the re-counting of ballots had been ongoing since Thursday, starting with provisionals, then moving onto the ballots cast in Tuesday's primary, followed by absentee and early voting counts on Friday and overnight into Saturday.

 

At-large county council primary vote totals show incumbent Joyce Cusack the winner / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® graphics /
Webster Barnaby, shown far left, finished third and out of the running while Patricia Northey, in the middle, finished second and will face incumbent Joyce Cusack on Nov. 4 for at-large County Council seat she has held since winning it in 2008 against Margie Patchett. Should Cusack prevail, she'll serve another four years, but will then be term-limited. Northey has been on the council for 20 years altogether and is already term-limited in her district 5 seat out of Deltona. The voting totals shown here are unofficial from primary night and do not reflect the updated voter tally of the subsequent recount.
 

When all was said and done, Northey and Barnaby each gained 10 votes and Cusack lost nine. So Cusack's primary total stands at 24,530 votes, Northey with 22,822 votes and Barnaby with 22,669.

Northey told Headline Surfer® on Friday afternoon she believed the vote total from Tuesday's primary that had her in front of Barnaby by 150 votes would hold up in the recount.

For his part, Barnaby wasn't ready to concede anything when Headline Surfer® spoke with him, too. But at 3 o'clock this morning, the canvassing board announced the recount was finished and that Northey prevailed.

Northey was ecstatic about moving on, saying in part: "Our vote margin held up and we are on to November. We are in it to win it! Thanks for all your warm wishes and positive thoughts.

"And also a big thank you to the warm and witty Mary Jane Henderson who represented me as my attorney through the recount. She is indeed a steel magnolia! And also to my family members and friends who came at noon on Friday to man tables and left this day after hours of drinking caffeine laced beverages and eating cold pizza and day old donuts. You all rock!"

Northey, in a show of class, recognized her fallen opponent's campaign: "Finally, to Web Barnaby, a gracious man whose love of his country and community was proudly on display during this process. It was a spirited race and I salute you for your contributions to the American political process. Our democracy is enriched by sharing our differences of opinion and finding common ground and moving towards solutions for a better Volusia."

Pat Northey wins recount / Headline Surfer®Patricia Northey had nice things to say about her fallen primary foe, Webster Barnaby, who finished out of the running for trhe at-large seat held by incumbent Joyce Cusack when the final votes were tallied in the recount.

Northey, in a show of class, recognized her fallen opponent's campaign: "Finally, to Web Barnaby, a gracious man whose love of his country and community was proudly on display during this process. It was a spirited race and I salute you for your contributions to the American political process. Our democracy is enriched by sharing our differences of opinion and finding common ground and moving towards solutions for a better Volusia."

Barnaby has not publicly commented since the canvassing Board finished the recount.

Headline Surfer® reached out to Barnaby earlier in the day Saturday, and he responded, "I congratulated Councilwoman Northey and at-large representative Cusack in my closing remarks at 3 a.m. this morning. Conceding and wishing everyone success. No endorsements for any candidates. Please respect my need for time with my family to reflect and refresh. Thank you."

Webster Barnaby loses recount / Headline Surfer®Webster Barnaby, shown at left, has not publicly commented since the recount for the at-large Conty Council race reiterated incumbent Joyce Cusack's win in the Tuesday primary with 35 percent of the vote, followed by term-limited Patricia Northey in secind and Barnaby fisning third and out of the running. Cusack and Northey will face off in the November elections.

Joyce Headline Surfer® reached out to Barnaby earlier in the day Saturday, and he responded, "I congratulated Councilwoman Northey and at-large representative Cusack in my closing remarks at 3 am this morning. Conceding and wishing everyone success. No endorsements for any candidates. Please respect my need for time with my family to reflect and refresh. Thank you."

Supervisor of Elections Anne McFall issued a statement that read in part: “Although the process was tedious, costly and time consuming I am pleased to present the results that could not have been accomplished without dedicated canvassing board members and Department of Elections employees.”

The final tally on the primary had Cusack finishing first by 1,708 votes ahead of Northey who took second in a race that had a mere 23-percent voter turnout.

Joining McFall in the recount on the Canvassing Board were former Volusia County Chair Frank Bruno and County Judge Christopher Kelley along with a dozen or so of McFall's staffers. Their day Friday started at 9 a.m. and didn't end until 3 this morning. That was followed by a 15-hour day on Thursday.

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