By CAROL ROBIDOUX
Union Leader Correspondent
DERRY – If he ever had his doubts, David Milz is now a firm believer in the fact that every vote counts. He was declared the winner of the District 2 council seat after a recount yesterday at the town municipal building, edging Tom Cardon by one – 289 to 28.
It was the same result arrived at Tuesday, following the election, which prompted the recount.
The counting process involved five teams of two who went through every ballot from District 2, with Town Moderator Margi Ives overseeing everything. She announced the results, with an interesting side note.
“There were 29 blanks and three over votes,” she said, explaining that meant 29 people didn't chose either Milz or Cardon, and three people voted for two people, disqualifying their vote completely – 32 wasted votes.
Milz, who was waiting at home for the news, arrived to be sworn in after he got the call from Dave McPherson that he'd won.
“I only threw up twice this morning. Really,” said Milz, who said he has been having trouble sleeping in the week since Election night, knowing it would all come down to this moment.
He went downstairs to Town Clerk Denise Neale's office for the brief swearing-in ceremony, flanked by councilors Brian Chirichiello and Neil Wetherbee.
“Dave 'Landslide' Milz. Sounds like a new nickname,” said one of the two, as Milz smiled, then raised his hand and accepted the call to service from Neale.
Afterward, Neale gave Milz her best advice.
“Remember: Make up your own mind and no teams,” she said. “Oh, and did they tell you that I will shoot spitballs at you from behind, if necessary?”
State Rep. Frank Sapareto was sitting in for Cardon during the recount. He called Cardon after the announcement.
“He's disappointed, of course, but wishes all the best to Mr. Milz,” Sapareto said.