Man who lost sheriff's election by 4 votes seeks recount

4 years 1 week 14 hours ago Thursday, August 13 2015 Aug 13, 2015 Thursday, August 13, 2015 11:59:08 AM CDT August 13, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

OZARK (AP) - A man who narrowly lost an election in a southwest Missouri sheriff's race said he wants a recount.

Ralph Phillips lost to new Christian County Sheriff Brad Cole by only four votes out of more than 10,000 cast in the Aug. 4 election.

KYTV reports the recount request would be heard Monday by Christian County Circuit Judge Laura Johnson, who needed to issue an order for the county clerk to conduct a recount.

Phillips asked for a recount even though Cole hired him as a lieutenant after the election.

Cole said Wednesday the recount request didn't affect his decision to hire Phillips.

The new sheriff would replace Joey Kyle, who resigned and faced a year in federal prison after pleading guilty to embezzlement and money laundering.

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