Even as a sharply partisan recount process played out in his backyard, state Rep. Matt Willhite celebrated a new bipartisan role he will play in the coming Legislative session.

The Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation unanimously elected Willhite as its new chairman.

“It’s an honor to be put there by my colleagues to fight for the thoughts and ideas and to perpetuate the Palm Beach County message in Tallahassee,” he said.

The Royal Palm Beach Democrat served during his freshman term as vice chair of the delegation. Now, he’s excited for a leadership role for one of the most populous counties in Florida.

Of course, it comes as Palm Beach County draws scrutiny for its role in statewide recounts. Palm Beach County’s elections office failed to meet numerous deadlines regarding the recount, and was the last county to submit its initial tabulation of votes.

Willhite, though, said the expectations put on elections officials may simply be impossibly high.

“We campaign for two years, then vote for 15 days with early voting, then we vote on Election Day,” he said. “And after all that, we expect accurate, precise results within 30

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