The Democratic incumbent who lost his re-election bid in last week’s surprisingly tight Penobscot County treasurer’s race is expected to withdraw his request for an official recount.
Dan Tremble, who has held the seat since 2006, narrowly lost to John Hiatt in the days after the Nov. 6 election, as votes from Bangor’s rural suburbs trickled in to favor the Republican challenger. When Hiatt claimed victory on Nov. 8, Tremble was down by 304 votes — 31,122 to 30,818 — with 15 of 16 precincts reporting unofficial tallies to the BDN.
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On Nov. 14, the deadline to ask the Maine Secretary of State’s office for a recount, Tremble submitted a request in anticipation that his margin of loss might shrink to below 50 votes, he said Saturday. The state announced the pending recount on Friday.
But Tremble will likely withdraw his request on Monday after the Secretary of State’s Office told him that newly counted votes from the county’s final precinct still put him 246 votes shy of victory, he said.
“I thought if it were less than 50 votes, I’d pursue it,” he said. “But I don’t think it’s going to change [after a recount].”
Tremble, who is also a Bangor city councilor, held the county treasurer’s seat for three terms and ran for his last two uncontested.
Tremble underestimated Hiatt’s hard-fought challenge and the county’s chances of flipping the seat Republican, he said Saturday.
“I enjoyed serving as treasurer for Penobscot County for the past 12 years,” Tremble said, adding that the county is in “great financial condition” and the “able hands” of its staff.
To his own surprise, Hiatt, 35, emerged on Election Day with local political clout.
In addition to winning county treasurer, he also scored a spot on the Bangor School Committee, claiming one of two open seats in a three-way race.