Newton to hold Ward 6 recount on Saturday, Nov. 23

Newton election officials will conduct a recount Saturday of the Ward 6 City Council at-large race at the request of a longtime city councilor who lost by 30 votes earlier this month.

The recount will be conducted by the Newton Election Commission in the cafeteria of the Cabot Elementary School at 229 Cabot St., Mayor Ruthanne Fuller said in a statement Friday.

Greg Schwartz, an incumbent Ward 6 city councilor-at-large, sought the recount after he came up short against challenger Alicia Bowman in the Nov. 5 municipal election.

Each of Newton’s eight wards is represented by two councilors-at-large who are elected in a city-wide vote.


Bowman, the president of Bike Newton, had 6,742 votes versus Schwartz’s 6,712 votes, according to the city.

Schwartz, who was first elected in 2011, is a medical doctor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as well as an attorney.

He is the chairman of the City Council’s Land Use Committee, which is part of the review process for the proposed mixed-use project at the Riverside MBTA station and the proposed project from Northland Investment Corp. in Upper Falls.

Schwartz’s fellow incumbent, Vicki Danberg, won reelection with 7,460 votes.

In her statement, Fuller said ballots will be prepared for the recount at 8 a.m. in the cafeteria, and the recount effort itself will begin at 10 a.m.

To request a recount, Schwartz had to file a petition with the city clerk, and obtain the signatures of 10 registered voters from each ward to be recounted. Schwartz has requested a recount in all eight wards, Fuller said.

Poll workers will count each of the roughly 15,500 ballots cast in the Nov. 5 election, Fuller said.

“The public is welcome to observe all parts of the recount process,” Fuller said.

Only votes cast in the Ward 6 at-large City Council race will be recounted, Fuller said. All three Ward 6 at-large candidates may have representatives observing the recount.


“The candidates’ representatives can challenge the poll workers’ reading of the vote on each ballot. If a vote is challenged, 10 poll workers will be in attendance to act as ‘runners,’ shepherding the disputed ballot in question to the Election Commissioners who will make the final determination,” Fuller said.

The results of the recount will be posted Saturday on newtonma.gov.

John Hilliard can be reached at john.hilliard@globe.com