Jody Harris’ campaign will seek a recount in the three counties involved in the Republican primary for State House District 25 between her and Chad Puryear, Harris confirmed by phone Thursday morning.
Harris, from near Fayetteville, trails Puryear by six votes out of 4,412 votes. Puryear lives near Hindsville.
Final but unofficial race results Thursday morning showed Puryear with 2,209 to Harris’ 2,203. Harris led by 29 votes in Washington County, 1,360 to 1,331. Puryear led by 28 votes in Crawford County, 740 to 712. Franklin County’s 269 votes in this race favored Puryear 138 to 131 .
The Washington County Election Commission decided to hold its recount on Tuesday, the panel met Thursday morning and decided. Because the county uses voting centers, an eligible voter in District 25 could use any of these centers in the county. This means that around 10,000 ballots will again be run through counting machines.
The district extends from the Washington County line in the north to Crawford County in the south and includes parts of western Franklin County. The first winner will face Democratic candidate Caitlin Oxford of Fayetteville in the November 8 general election.
Harris, 44, and his family run a ranch in eastern Washington County. She is also a freelance writer who manages both a self-storage business and rental properties. Puryear, 38, is a teacher in the Huntsville School District which also operates a farm in eastern Washington County.
Rep. Bruce Coleman, R-Mountainburg, decided not to run for re-election after the district lost much of Crawford County last year. Legislative district boundaries were redrawn following the 2020 U.S. Census to equalize populations.
The state has 100 home districts. State representatives serve two-year terms and receive a base salary of $44,357. They also receive daily allowances and reimbursement of their expenses.