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St. Lawrence County voters decide contested races


In the village of Canton, a high turnout of voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly decided it was time to elect a new mayor.

By more than 2 to1, village Trustee Mary Ann Ashley, a Republican endorsed by Democrats, captured the mayor’s seat from incumbent David P. Curry, a Republican.

Ms. Ashley garnered 628 votes to Mr. Curry’s 289, according to unofficial results from the St. Lawrence County Board of Elections.

At a gathering of supporters, Ms. Ashley said she and trustee candidates Carol Pynchon and Brooke James-Rouse were successful at reaching out to voters.

“We are committed, dedicated and focused on the people of this village,” Ms. Ashley said. “We got that message out.”

Mr. Curry said he was surprised he lost by such a wide margin, but speculated that his opponent was able to draw votes from both Democrats and Republicans.

“I think people want a change,” he said. “I’m glad it’s over and I hope they do the right things for the village.”

Two open trustee seats on the village board were won by Ms. Pynchon, a Democrat, with 519 votes, and incumbent Michael E. Dalton, a Republican, with 469 votes. They were followed by candidates Ms. James-Rouse with 445 votes and Republican Nicholas E. Kocher, who had 326 votes.

As mayor, Ms. Ashley has the authority to appoint her replacement on the village board for a one-year term.

In the Canton town highway superintendent’s race, incumbent Terry L. Billings, a Republican, held his position with 941 votes, outpolling Democrat challenger Edward J. McCarthy who received 863 votes.

The only St. Lawrence County legislative race was for District 9 in Canton where incumbent Democrat Stephen M. Putman won re-election with 623 votes. Republican challenger William L. Fobare received 408 votes.

Incumbent June H. Wood received the most votes in the three-way race for two county coroner positions with a tally of 11,341 ballots. The other coroner’s post went to Kevin J. Crosby, who received 9,945 votes. Democrat Eric Warner came in third with 7,876 votes.

Unofficial results from other contested races were:

n Brasher: Democratic Highway Superintendent Larry Hewlett won re-election with 392 votes. He was challenged by independent Duane Black who received 198 votes.

n Colton: Republican Highway Superintendent Kevin S. Hawley was re-elected with 395 votes. He was challenged by Conservative Brion J. Stowe, who received 29 votes.

n Clare: Republican Supervisor Francis W. Sharpstene was the top vote-getter for his position. He received 28 votes while independents R. Todd Demers had 18 votes and James E. Whitmarsh Sr. had 17 votes. In the race for highway superintendent, the unofficial tally showed a tie between Richard L. Hance, a Republican, and Paul B. Colton, the independent incumbent, with each receiving 26 votes. Independent Michael Johnson received 15 votes.

n Clifton: Republican Sharon A. Snider won the town clerk’s position with 135 votes. Democrat Karen Soltau received 108 votes. In the race for highway superintendent, Kelly J. Smith II, a Republican, held onto his job with 183 votes. Democrat David B. Baker had 57 votes and independent Paul D. Crane received 12 votes.

n DeKalb: In the race for two seats on the Town Council, incumbents Jody Hamilton, a Democrat, and Republican Michael B. Livingston won re-election. Mr. Hamilton had 220 votes and Mr. Livingston 223 votes. Challengers Rae Ann Davis, a Democrat, received 164 votes and Conservative candidate Edward F. Newcombe Jr. had 121 votes.

n DePeyster: Republican Town Clerk Michelle Sheppard held onto her job, receiving 105 votes. She was challenged by Democrat Susan Matheson, who received 82 votes. Republican Highway Superintendent William J. MacKay also retained his position, receiving 109 votes. Challengers Robert Chambers, an independent, had 45 votes, and Democrat Mark Kelley had 43 votes. In the race for two seats on the council, Republican incumbent Richard A. Pray was on top with 144 votes, followed by fellow incumbent Thomas M. MacKay, who had 98 votes. Democrat Kenneth Chambers received 85 votes.

n Edwards: In the race for two seats on the council, the winners were Republican Dianne L. Hurley, with 134 votes, and Democrat Mark L. Rice, with 108 votes. Republican Stephen J. Taylor received 90 votes and independent Rita F. Thornton had 36 votes.

n Fine: Democratic Highway Superintendent Roger S. Folsom won re-election with 256 votes. He was opposed by independent Daniel E. Kerr Sr., who had 96 votes.

n Fowler: Republican Assessor Timothy J. Geer was re-elected with 324 votes. He was opposed by independent Sherry L. Geer, who received 136 votes.

n Gouverneur: Republican Supervisor Robert R. Ritchie won re-election with 498 votes. He faced a challenge from Conservative William Chambers, who had 214 votes. In the three-way race for two council seats, incumbent Republicans Eldon B. Conklin had 519 votes and Harold E. Lacey had 497 votes. Challenger Steven D. Jackson, a Conservative, received 274 votes. In the race for two seats on the village board, incumbent Republicans Roger A. LaPierre, with 267 votes, and Shelly Simons Washburn, with 266 votes, won re-election. Democrat Birney D. Kellogg received 214 votes.

n Hammond: Democratic Town Clerk Darlene Amyot was re-elected with 224 votes. She was challenged by Republican Robyn L. Gilmer, who had 133 votes.

n Hopkinton: The results for the two-year unexpired term for highway superintendent was close. Democrat Stephen A. Green had 146 votes and Republican Francis Frank Barney had 144 votes.

n Lisbon: Republican Supervisor James W. Armstrong received 627 to win re-election over independent Patrick J. Green, who had 91 votes. Highway Superintendent Timothy G. Dow, a Republican, was also re-elected, with 624 votes, over independent Alan L. Livingstone Jr., who had 92 votes. Republican Justice Philip D. Fonda won re-election with 637 votes. He was challenged by RL W. Green, who had 82 votes. In the three-way race for two seats on the council, Gary J. Jarvis received 607 votes. Ruth CO. Green had 156 votes but there were 386 write-in votes.

n Macomb: Republican Supervisor George A. Blatchley received 135 votes to win re-election. He was challenged by Democrat Steve Burke, a council member who had 72 votes. In the race for two council seats, incumbent Wayne C. Gates, an independent, had 121 votes. Incumbent Ryan P. Schermerhorn, an independent, had 106 votes. Republican James E. Rainville received 90 votes. In the race for a two-year unexpired term council seat, the apparent winner was Republican Brett W. Martin, over Democrat Susan Bell, who received 88 votes.

n Madrid: Democrat Anthony A. Cooper was the winner of the supervisor’s race, with 275 votes, over Republican Bill Hull, who received 211 votes. Democratic Highway Superintendent William R. Barkley Jr. won re-election with 333 votes. He was challenged by Republican Steven G. Rookey, who received 166 votes. Council seats went to Republican incumbent Timothy Thisse, who received 329 votes and Democrat Garry A. Wells, who had 270 votes. Republican Jesse Barton received 216 votes.

n Morristown: Democratic Supervisor Frank K. Putman was re-elected with 436 votes. He was challenged by Russell B. Lawrence III, who is stepping down as coroner. Mr. Lawrence received 164 votes. In the race for justice, Lisa J. Whitmarsh had 393 votes over G. Thomas Bertrand Jr., who received 220 votes. In the race for two council seats, W. Howard Warren had 472 votes, Republican Shawn R. Macaulay had 391 votes and Conservative Michael L. Bogart received 261 votes.

n Ogdensburg: The top vote-getters in the race for three council seats were Republican Brian R. Mitchell, with 1,004 votes, Democrat Daniel E. Skamperle, with 967 votes, and Michael D. Morley, a Republican, with 861 votes. Independent Penny Sharrow received 813 votes. Republican James R. Amo had 763 votes.

n Parishville: Supervisor Jerry G. Moore, a Republican, won re-election with 348 votes. Challenger James P. Engels, an independent, received 47 votes.

n Pierrepont: The top vote-getters in the three-way race for two council seats were Roger Murray, a Republican who received 398 votes, and Dahl R. McCormick, a Republican who had 337 votes. Independent William J. Mein received 250 votes.

n Pitcairn: Nancy J. McIntosh, the Democratic highway superintendent, was re-elected with 177 votes. She was opposed by Republican Howard E. Ray, who had 95 votes. In the race for two council seats, Democrat Paul D. Jackson had 130 votes. He was followed by Jerry McIntosh, with 92 votes, Republican Brian E. Schrodt, with 85 votes, and Republican Ann Hall, with 82 votes

n Russell: Democratic Supervisor Robert Best came out on top with 378 votes over Republican challenger Lloyd A. Mayville, who received 152 votes. In the three-way race for highway superintendent, incumbent Democrat Larry White was the winner with 352 votes. Republican Kendrick Butch Grimshaw had 165 votes and independent Gregory Meilleur had 35 votes. Republican Terry Friot took first place in the race for justice with 266 votes, besting Democratic incumbent Margaret K. Pike, who had 234 votes. In the race for two council seats, Democrats Edward Dave Whiteford had 347 votes and Sandra Burnham received 308 votes. Republican Christopher Kelley received 247 votes.

n Waddington: Sandy Wright, running on Democratic, Republican and independent lines, received 430 votes, ahead of Supervisor Mark Scott, who had 401 votes and ran on an independent line. Democrat Robert Dalton, with 480 votes, was the apparent winner over Republican David L. Putney, with 349 votes, for highway superintendent. In the race for two council seats, Democrat Patricia A. Van Patten had 572 votes, Republican Shaun L. Prentice had 463 votes, and Democrat Shirley Robinson had 451 votes.

Johnson Newspapers reporter Susan Mende contributed to this report.

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