Through Monday’s recount, Maribel Gomez Cordero has been declared the winner of the Orange County Commission District 4 election.

Late Monday night her opponent, Susan Makowski, conceded.

Recount results have not yet been posted in the race. In the last unofficial total, Cordero led the contest by 181 votes, 37,718 to 37,537.

“I have never worked any harder in my life to achieve a goal nor have I ever seen a group of volunteers do the same as my team. They believed in my ‘why’ which was to serve the residents and represent them in the best way possible. Although the outcome was not reflective of the hard work, I will still continue to look for ways to be of service,” Makowski stated.

Cordero was not available Tuesday morning to comment.

With the victory secured, Cordero will join an Orange County Commission that has a new mayor, former Sheriff Jerry Demings, and two other new commissioners, Christine Moore and Mayra Uribe, out of seven total seats on the board.

This year’s elections, which also saw Commissioner Victoria Siplin re-elected in the August 28 election, flips control of the officially-nonparisan Orange County Commission to majority-Democrat for the first time in 20 years. The current board, which meets for its last time Tuesday, has five Republicans and two Democrats. The board that meets next month will have five Democrats, including Cordero, Demings, Uribe, and Siplin, and two Republicans, including Moore. The other board members are Democrat Emily Bonilla and Republican Betsy VanderLey, who both joined the board through the 2016 election.

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