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No Recount In 118-115 Race for Corinth Town Clerk

Corinth — Many political candidates, should they lose an election by just three votes, would immediately start yelling for a recount.

Not Dawn St. Martin.

She challenged Nancy Ertle during Town Meeting on Tuesday for Ertle’s job as Corinth town clerk, and nearly pulled off what many in town would surely have viewed as an upset.

When the counting was done that night, it was Ertle 118, St. Martin 115.

And St. Martin sounded absolutely pleasant about the whole thing.

“No, I don’t want a recount,” she said Friday evening.

“It was pretty close, but it was a good experience. I got to meet a lot of nice people, and I trust that their counting was accurate.”

But they do things a bit differently in the rural Orange County outpost of Corinth anyway.

After Town Meeting, for example, and before departing the Town Hall in Cookeville, the gathering broke into a group rendition of Woody Guthrie’s 1940 classic song This Land is Your Land.

As for Ertle, who won her third straight three-year term in daylong voting Tuesday, she sounded relieved Saturday morning when asked if the race was closer than she expected.

“Yes, it was. I knew it would be close, but I didn’t think it would be that close,” she said.

“She campaigned hard,” Ertle said of St. Martin, “and she earned every vote.”