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Recount affirms Wright as new Dawson mayor

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DAWSON, GA (WALB) -

Less than a week after the polls closed, elections officials went over each absentee ballot Monday morning cast in the Dawson mayoral race.

It was a race, a close one separated by 30 votes, that pitted a mortician against a mortician's assistant.

A long time mayor who had been in office since 1991 versus a 22-year-old who was born around that time.

Mayor Robert Albritten called for the recount last week. He along with Mayor-elect Chris Wright looked on patiently as the absentees from six wards were tallied.

45 minutes later, the announcement was made.

"Robert Albritten 726. Christopher Wright 755."

It was a long run ended in defeat by just 29 votes. Only one absentee changed in favor of Albritten.

The embattled mayor, who had maintained office despite multiple legal issues, will lose the title come January.

He had no comment following the results.

"I wasn't too concerned about it. I was happy to give him a recount since he requested one just to make sure that everything went smoothly," said Mayor-elect Chris Wright.

Wright will inherit the mayor's office at an age when most young adults are just finishing college. But he admits that youth and enthusiasm alone will not run the city.

"It's going to take the young and the old to make this happen," said Wright. "It had been stated earlier that God called the young man because he was stronger and the old man because we was wiser and when you put those two together how can you go wrong?" asked Wright.

An official with Mayor Albritten's camp did ask for the names of the absentee voters which the electionS supervisor said she would provide.

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