Loudoun County Circuit Court Chief Judge James H. Chamblin said Friday the ballot recount requested by an unsuccessful candidate for the Broad Run seat on the Board of Supervisors probably will be conducted next month.

The recount was requested Monday by Bruce E. Tulloch, the Republican nominee, who lost to Democrat Charles A. Harris by nine votes, according to official returns.

During a brief hearing Friday, Chamblin set a preliminary hearing for Dec. 3 and asked attorneys for the candidates to propose a method for the recount then.

Chamblin said the parties then will set a time to meet with him and two other Circuit Court judges to conduct the recount.

When a petition for a recount is filed in a local race, state law requires the chief justice of the Virginia Supreme Court to appoint two judges to consider the case along with the chief judge of the local jurisdiction.

Chamblin noted that it may take Chief Justice Harry L. Carrico some time to find two available judges because several recounts have been requested statewide.

Initially, Loudoun election officials said Harris had won by 17 votes.

After checking the numbers, they determined that the difference was nine votes, with Harris receiving 1,987 votes to 1,978 for Tulloch. Independent Timothy F. Powers came in third, with 868 votes.

Harris's attorney, John H. Young, said he is confident that the certification conducted by election officials was accurate.

Voters marked their choices on paper ballots that were tallied by a machine.

When the recount is conducted, only the votes cast for Harris and Tulloch will be considered, election officials said.