PARIS – Bruce Rood, a longtime lawyer with a practice in Norway, was reconfirmed Friday as Oxford County’s new Register of Probate after a state recount.

According to an election office spokeswoman, Democrat Rood received 15,157, Republican Tom Winsor had 14,842.

Winsor, a six-year veteran of the position, requested the recount soon after the Nov. 4 election to determine whether there were any abnormalities in the voting. The original count was Rood 15,130, Winsor 14,778.

Rood, 56, lives in Waterford. This was his first bid for elective office.

“In this political climate, people were looking for a change,” Rood said Friday afternoon.

He said his experience as a lawyer will be helpful in the nearly $32,000 a year job, although he is not allowed to provide any kind of legal advice in the position.

Rood said pursuing the seat was a chance to extend his service work and to try something different while maintaining his legal practice.

Winsor, 65, was appointed to finish out the remaining two years of Ted Tracy’s term, then won election to a full, four-year term in 2004.

“I’m satisfied the results are accurate,” he said.

He said Friday afternoon that he hadn’t decided yet whether he would seek any elective position in the future, although he said there are several positions that may come up.

Now, he plans to manage his properties. Winsor served eight years as a state legislator before his appointment as register of probate.

“I leave with a lot of pride. We made some wonderful improvements in the operations. All counties now use the same software system,” he said.

He said he will help Rood during the transition process.

The new term begins on Jan. 1.


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