Pedro wins Portsmouth council seat by one vote after recount

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PORTSMOUTH — Lending renewed meaning to the 'every vote counts' adage, Republican Elizabeth Pedro has won the seventh sport on the Portsmouth Town Council by a single vote.

A recount made the outcome official late Friday.

It has been a see-saw battle. Democrat Len Katzman appeared to have won on election night but after the absentee ballots were counted, Ms. Pedro surged to a three vote lead.

Mr. Katzman requested a recount which brought him to within one vote.

Upon learning the result, he issued this statement:

"After the final tally of the recount with all votes in I lost by one vote. I congratulate Ms. Pedro on a good race and wish her well on the council.

"I want to thank all those who voted for me, and thanks are due as well to the Portsmouth Democratic Party for their support of my candidacy. I am exceptionally pleased that Portsmouth Democrats won a controlling

number of seats on the Town Council and accomplished a complete sweep of the School Committee races. I wish all newly-elected Portsmouth office holders the best as they take on the challenges of government for the next two years.

 

 

 

After the final tally of the recount with all votes in I lost by one vote.

I congratulate Ms. Pedro on a good race and wish her well on the council.

I want to thank all those who voted for me, and thanks are due as well

to the Portsmouth Democratic Party for their support of my candidacy.

I am exceptionally pleased that Portsmouth Democrats won a controlling

number of seats on the Town Council and accomplished a complete sweep

of the School Committee races. I wish all newly-elected Portsmouth

office holders the best as they take on the challenges of government

for the next two years.

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Bill Carson

The commercial wind turbine fiasco at the high school was what made the single votes so important. Portsmouth needs to research exactley what went wrong with the purchase !

The commercial wind turbine business has a dirty little secret : "gear box failures" These failures in multi-million dollar turbines only three years old are causing catastrophic failures costing the owners up to one million every three years to keep the turbines online.

One gear box company has had over 600 gear box failures. The megawatt turbines in Portsmouth,Rhode Island ,Princeton,Massachusetts and Otis Air Base on Cape Cod all have three year old catastrophic failures. Many feel the gear box failures have led to the catastrophic fires in the motors.

Now the wind industry after keeping the secret that the new turbines have direct drive units and don't breakdown ! Can you believe the ongoing bunco scheme ? These turbines only last three years !

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