At least for a moment, Denis Cyr has won the highly contested race for Peoria City Council’s Fifth District seat.
After mail-in ballots were tallied, Cyr edged competitor Rita Ali by one vote. The total was 1,786 for Cyr, compared to 1,785 for Ali.
The Peoria County Board of Elections certified the result during its April meeting Wednesday.
Ali held a three-vote lead following the April 4 election.
“It wasn’t over April 4 and we don’t believe it is over now,” Ali said.
Ali is now filing a petition for a discovery recount, which is expected to take place within a week.
“We believe that the evidence found in the discovery recount will lead us to an election contest that we believe will change the results of the election,” Ali said.
Cyr is not surprised Ali is asking for a recount.
“Obviously she has recourse and nobody is surprised,” Cyr said. “It’s only a one vote difference.”
Cyr, however, is confident that he will win.
“We believe in the system and believe it will work in my favor,” Cyr said.
Both candidates appear to have mutual respect for each other. Both have spent significant time in the public eye, with Cyr being a former Rivermen player and front office executive and NHL player. Ali is an administrator at ICC and a community leader.
Ali says she will accept the final results if nothing changes and will potentially run in the future.