September 9, 2006
It’s official. Gene Valentino is new commissioner for District 2. He beat Edwin Roberts 4,371 to 4,366, after five provisional ballots were counted.
Provisional ballots are those given voters who show up at the wrong precinct, don’t have proper identification or aren’t registered to vote.
In a race this close, anything can be given credit for the victory. However the recorded phone message from Superintendent of Schools Jim Paul for Valentino that was sent out over the Labor Day weekend may have given the Valentino campaign the boost that it needed. We know of one family – five votes – that voted for Valentino because of the call.