In the recount, Robertson had 285 votes, with Jefferies trailing by three votes. According to results Tuesday night, Robertson, with 286 votes, scooted by Jefferies with one vote.
Ballots for top vote-getter Daymon Garrett were not recounted. His total remains 292.
“I have never seen a paper recount that has not changed,” said election official Fred Pou, who worked on the recount.
- Robertson, who unseated Jefferies on the Chickamauga City Council, said that all the candidates were qualified.
“I think that Chickamauga is very fortunate to have three qualified candidates, which made it difficult to choose at the poll,” Robertson said. “I thank people who voted for me and helped in my campaign. I hope that together we can still continue a good tradition.
“We have an excellent system that comes from people working together for the good of the community,” he said. “I hope that Dan (Jefferies) will stay involved because we need people like Dan, who care about Chickamauga.”
Robertson, personnel manager for Wilson and Sons Funeral Home, said he enjoys community service work and wants to better opportunities there for residents, including his five children.
He volunteers with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Walker and Catoosa counties. He coached little league for 27 years.
- Garrett said the election’s outcome surprised him.
“I felt that it would be just the opposite than it went,” Garrett said. “I thought Dan (Jeffries) would get the most votes, and I thought it would be close between Robbie and me.”
He will work with Robertson anyway he can.
He said he was impressed with voter turnout.
Garrett has worked as service manager at Chickamauga Auto Center since 1999. He has received 12 club awards throughout his 14 years in the Lions Club for community service work.
He is president of the Chickamauga Merchants Association. During his campaign, he said he will work through the association to lure more tourists to the city.
- Jefferies, who owns Chickamauga Auto Center, has served 16 years on the council.
He is a member of the Lion’s Club, where he was president for two years, received a Distinguished Service Award and was named Lion of the Year.
During his campaign, Jefferies said he was proud the city’s accomplishments, including a grant to raise 29 downtown houses about the flood plain and eliminating property taxes to support the city general fund budget.
- Chickamauga school board members Don Littleton and Grant Parrish, along with Mayor Ray Crowder, ran unopposed.
Littleton snapped up 388 votes, Parrish 378 and Crowder 428.
The total number of ballots cast was 497, 34 of which were absentee ballots.
Chickamauga voters cast about 37 write-ins during the election