Donna McLeod, Jamaican-born Gwinnett County candidate for the Georgia House of Representatives, requested a recount of votes as the election results on November 8, 2016, were extremely close. Her request was granted, and the recount will occur on Thursday, November 17, 2016. McLeod’s opponent, Joyce Chandler, a Republican from Grayson, had a 221-vote lead in the tally. Less than one percentage point separates the two candidates. McLeod had been in the lead for most of election night, but Chandler, the incumbent, closed the gap as the last few precincts reported their totals. McCleod is a native of Jamaica who was raised on Ontario, Canada, and then relocated to the United States, where she became a citizen. She has a degree in chemical engineering from Humber College in Toronto and is a quality and engineering consultant for a medical device manufacturer. She also serves on Discovery High School’s S.T.E.M. Advisory Board.