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New Bremen supervisor wins; write-ins may affect Montague, Pinckney races

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New Bremen’s town supervisor on Tuesday earned a second term, while write-ins could unseat three incumbents in two Tug Hill towns.

In the only contested town supervisor race in Lewis County, Democratic Supervisor Peter J. Keys defeated Independence Party challenger Robin Grunert, 412-348, in his bid for another two years at the post, according to unofficial results from the county Board of Elections.

Republican Joseph E. Aucter and GOP Councilman David L. Becker earned Town Council seats with 600 and 467 votes, respectively, while Democrat Donald Getman got 351 votes. And Republican Justice Charles W. Stevens defeated Democratic challenger Valerie J. Getman, 432-320, while Democrat Jonathan M. Bush defeated independent candidate Steve LaChausse, 591-208, in the race for highway superintendent.

In Montague, Supervisor Wendy Robbins-Perry received only 13 votes, while 26 write-in votes were cast, and Highway Superintendent Adrian Perry got only 12 votes compared with 28 write-ins. And, in Pinckney, Highway Superintendent Carl Groff Jr. received only 29 votes compared with 71 write-ins.

County election officials said Tuesday night they did not check on the identities of any write-in candidates, but they plan to verify and count those votes either today or Thursday morning.

Also in Pinckney, Republican Councilman Donald H. Vincent earned a new term with 87 votes, followed by Republicans Daniel C. Pearson Jr. with 51 votes and independent Councilwoman Sandra L. Dunn with 49. The race for the second council seat could be affected by absentee ballots, as six were sent out and five had been returned as of Tuesday.

In Lowville, Republican William Kiernan and Village Justice Patricia H. Yarina, running on several lines, earned a pair of town judge seats with 933 and 713 votes, respectively, while incumbent Asa Holbrook, running on the Conservative line, received 348 votes. Republican Councilman Paul R. Virkler was re-elected with 703 votes, but Democratic challenger Robert Mullin earned a second open seat with 688 votes; longtime Republican incumbent Ruth I. Laribee got 543 votes.

In Croghan, Republican incumbents John A. Farney and Bernard “Chip” Monnat earned new terms on the Town Council with 309 and 284 votes, respectively, while Democrat Charlie Dekin received 202 votes. And Republican Assessor Amos A. Noftsier defeated Democrat Deanna K. Hoch, 245-210.

In Denmark, Democratic Clerk/Collector Prudence L. Kunert defeated Republican Diane M. Mahar, 311-119.

In Greig, Republican Councilman Thomas P. Gunn earned the clerk/collector post with a 246-98 victory over independent Jennifer Fox.

In Lewis, Republican Councilman Lynn Frank Platt earned the highway superintendent post with a 147-132 victory over Democratic incumbent Alan J. Tanner.

In Leyden, Democrats Steven M. Fox and incumbent Andrew Millick earned council seats with 192 and 168 votes, respectively, while Republican Councilman Verle E. Yelton got 147 votes.

In Lyonsdale, Republican council members William L. Marmon and Nancy O’Brien-Dailey earned new terms with 208 and 182 votes, respectively, while Conservative candidate David Butts garnered 100 votes. And Republican Terry L. Swiernik defeated Democrat Randall D. Baslow, 225-69, in the race for highway superintendent.

In Martinsburg, Republicans E. Frank Kogut and incumbent Michael J. McGrath earned council seats with 211 and 201 votes, respectively, while independent candidate Jared J. Thisse received 138 votes.

In Osceola, Republican Clerk Helen Hall defeated independent candidate Julie Painter, 102-77, while Democratic Tax Collector Andrew P. Burns defeated independent Ginny Churchill, 82-62.

In a four-way council race for two seats, Republican Amanda L. Sterling earned a seat with 85 votes, followed by fellow Republican Vickie A. Carpinelli with 66, Democrat Colleen M. Burns with 65 and independent candidate Joanne A. Conklin with 47. There were 14 absentee ballots issued, while 10 of them had been returned.

In a race to fill a one-year council vacancy, independent Timothy J. Davis got 68 votes, while Republican Arlene Mosch got 66.

And Highway Superintendent Michael Wilk, running on an independent line, leads a three-way race for the post with 70 votes, followed by Republican Richard Meagher with 68 and independent Kevin Searles with 8.

In Turin, incumbents Republican Linda M. Galarneau and Democrat Joanne D’Ambrosi earned new Town Council terms with 154 and 130 votes, respectively, while Republican Paul Dickinson got 49 votes.

And, in Watson, Republican Town Councilmen Jeffrey F. Hoch and Ronald Pominville earned new terms with 357 and 329 votes, respectively, while independent Justin Hall got 170.

In the only contested village race in the county, Republican Lyn R. Ripp and Democrat Janice Belmont earned Port Leyden trustee seats with 115 and 84 votes, respectively, while independent Frederick McCauley got 64.

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