After it was discovered that a computer glitch had caused an error in the recent Wellington, FL, municipal election results, a recount took place March 19th. While the error did not affect the mayoral race that saw Darrel Bowen ousted in favor of new Bob Margolis, it did affect the members of council.

To the cheers of voters throughout Wellington, Councilmen Matt Willhite and John Greene, who voters chose by a wide margin, were declared victorious after the recount. (Initial results had Al Paglia and Shauna Hostetler as the winners). 

Paul Neaville, representative for Taxpayers for Integrity in Government, a government watchdog group in Wellington, issued the following statement:
“On behalf of all of the voters who voted to preserve Wellington, we couldn’t be more pleased with the results. We are hopeful that the rightful candidates will assume their positions and begin to focus on the issues that made this election a historic one. We will be carefully watching to ensure that the candidates who the voters elected are able to take their rightful seats and bring integrity and transparency back to Wellington. And we congratulate Mayor Bob Margolis and Councilmen Matt Willhite and John Greene on their victories.”

Lou Jacobs, a local resident, also commented. “A record turnout of voters cast their votes for a more open and transparent government. Make no mistake, this was not about one individual. This was an entire community saying that it wants its voice to be heard. On behalf of the Jacobs family and all of the voters who cast their vote, congratulations to Bob Margolis, Matt Willhite and John Greene.”
The Taxpayers for Integrity in Government will be closely following this issue to ensure that the elected candidates will be given their rightful seat in the Wellington government and can begin representing the people.