The recount for the vacant seat A on Boca Raton city council confirmed that Andy Thomson won the special election.
The recount was conducted in the Riviera Beach service center for Palm Beach County’s supervisor of elections starting 8:30 a.m. Friday.
The city doesn’t expect the election results to be certified until next week, according to city clerk Susan Saxton.
Thomson is a Boca Raton lawyer raising his family here. Mayor Scott Singer won 63.42 percent of the vote to keep his post until March 2020 in the Aug. 28 primary. The city piggybacked on that election.
He and Thomson will be sworn in before they take their seats, probably before the next city council meeting on Sept. 12, according to the city.
Thomson, 36, was “thrilled with the win.” “You’re always here,” as a father of three, he said about why he wanted to stay local instead of trying for a state or national seat. He was glad his campaign took the high road and voters agreed. “I’m proud my race was based vision and issues and not attacks,” he said.
He praised his opponents, Kathy Cottrell and Tamara McKee. “They both ran excellent races,” he said.
This was Thomson’s second attempt at winning a council seat. He ran against Councilwoman Andrea O’Rourke in 2017.
This time, challenger Kathy Cottrell was a few votes ahead early in the count. But Thomson had gained ground by three votes and then was up by 19 votes. The close vote triggered the recount.
Thomson campaigned as someone raised in Boca and the product of public schools. He was on the city’s first education task force to work with the Palm Beach County school district on school overcrowding in Boca.
He and his wife Joanna have three children and one on the way, he said.
Thomson’s bio says he played football at Georgia Tech where he earned a degree in electrical engineering. His background includes traffic engineering and he also campaigned on dealing with Boca’s traffic problems. His law degree is from the University of Miami School of Law.
By Marci Shatzman