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Fisher wins county seat; no recount necessary

Two weeks after the election, a Columbia County commissioner race is finally decided.

Incumbent Earl Fisher has retained his seat against challenger Wayne Mayo. Fisher won by 232 votes, according to unofficial final counts as of Nov. 19.

According to County Elections Supervisor Pam Benham, the race was very close and, if it had come down to a difference of 40 votes, it could have triggered an automatic ballot recount.

“Whenever races are this close, there’s a certain amount of nervousness,” Fisher said.

But now he is “back to business as usual.” He plans to continue working to firmly establish the county’s new Coordinated Care Orginzation, as well as work as a liaison on different education issues.

He believes Mayo’s longtime standing and recognition in the community contributed to the closeness of the race. He also thinks a number of voters were upset with his own and fellow Commissioner Tony Hyde’s involvement in the Columbia Health District.

Fisher and Hyde are both named in a lawsuit that alleges racketeering when it came to the dissolution of the district and the taxes levied through the district.