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Election 2015 Results County Clerk, EVL Supervisor Races Too Close To Call

By Jann Wiswall

Election Day in Cattaraugus County was busy at polling sites all around the region despite the fact that it was an off-year election.

While many races were not competitive (e.g. lone candidates for the post or two candidates running for two seats), some were competitive indeed.

The race for county clerk is too close to call, according to the Republican Commissioner of Elections Sue Fries. Incumbent Democratic Clerk Alan Bernstein received 47.01 percent of the vote while Republican challenger Michael M. Brisky had 46.03 percent. Working Families/Women’s Equality candidate Brittany N. Melfi had 6.92 percent.

Fries reported that, as of Nov. 4, the Board of Elections has more than 700 absentee ballots to count before it can certify the election for County Clerk.

In Ellicottville, the race for Town Supervisor also is too close to call. Incumbent Republican John Burrell received 204 votes (50.37%) to challenger/Democrat Matt McAndrew’s 201 votes (49.63%). There are 24 absentee ballots at Board of Election headquarters still to be counted and possibly more to be delivered from the polling location, according to Fries.

The Board of Elections has 25 days to count all absentee ballots and certify all election results.

The unofficial results from the Nov. 3 elections for the towns of East Otto, Ellicottville, Great Valley and Mansfield follow.

To view the unofficial results in all towns in Cattaraugus County, visit www.cattco.org/board-elections and click on “Election Results” in the right-hand column.

Town of East Otto

For County Legislators, District 2 (top two vote recipients in BOLD):

Edward R. Arnold, Democrat/Working Families, 22.57%

Richard F. Helmich, Jr., Republican/Conservative/Independence/Reform, 34.91%

Joseph F. Boberg, Republican/Conservative/Independence/Reform, 42.44%

For Town Justice (top vote recipient in BOLD):

Joseph F. Schwab, Jr., Democrat, 22.56%

Dennis W. Young, Republican/Reform, 77.44%

For Town Councilmembers (top two vote recipients in BOLD):

Courtney M. Parks, Democrat, 14.95%

Sidney L. Barber, Democrat, 28.35%

David P. Forster, Republican/Reform, 35.57%

William B. Spors, Republican/Reform, 21.13%

Town of Ellicottville

For County Legislators, District 3 (top two vote recipients in BOLD):

Karen R. Fenner, Democrat/Working Families/Women’s Equality, 17.24%

William H. Weller, Sr., Republican/Conservative/Independence/Reform, 39.40%

Donna M. Vickman, Republican/Conservative/Independence/Reform, 43.17%

For Town Supervisor (too close to call):

Matthew J. McAndrew, Democrat/Conservative, 49.63%

John A. Burrell, Republican/Independence/Reform, 50.37%

For Town Justice (no contest)

John L. Karassik, Republican/Reform, 100%

For Town Councilmembers (top two vote recipients in BOLD, no contest)

Kenneth D. Hinman, Republican/Reform, 48.01%

Gregory J. Fitzpatrick, Republican/Reform, 51.99%

Town of Great Valley

For County Legislators, District 5 (top two vote recipients in BOLD):

Carmen Vecchiarella, Democrat/Working Families, 23.36%

Susan Labuhn, Democrat/Working Families/Independence/Women’s Equality, 31.25%

David M. Koch, Republican/Independence/Reform, 29.86%

Dianne M. Ball, Republican/Reform, 15.41%

For Town Supervisor (top vote recipient in BOLD):

Daniel J. Brown, Democrat, 68.54%

Gary E. Howe, Republican, 31.46%

For Town Clerk (top vote recipient in BOLD):

Toni Evans, Democrat, 71.91%

Lindsey R. Coburn, Fair Tax, 28.09%

For Town Justice (top two vote recipients in BOLD, no contest):

Peter Stokes, Democrat/Conservative/Independence, 52.19%

Scott D. John, Republican/Conservative/Independence, 47.71%

For Town Councilmember (full term, top two vote recipients in BOLD, no contest):

Gerald C. Musall, Republican/Conservative/Independence, 48.59%

Lori L. Finch, Republican/Conservative/Independence/Reform, 51.20%

For Town Councilmember (to fill vacancy, 2-yr. term, top vote recipient in BOLD):

Rebecca Kruszynski, Democrat, 44.02%

James K. Johnston, Republican/Conservative/Independence/Reform, 55.98%

For Superintendent of Highways (top vote recipient in BOLD)

John J. Jack Harrington, Democrat/Conservative/Independence, 73.42%

Clarence A. Bickell, Republican, 26.58%

Town of Mansfield

For County Legislators (top two vote recipients in BOLD):

Karen R. Fenner, Democrat/Working Families/Women’s Equality, 17.24%

William H. Weller, Sr., Republican/Conservative/Independence/Reform, 39.40%

Donna M. Vickman, Republican/Conservative/Independence/Reform, 43.17%

For Town Supervisor (no contest)

Robert C. Keis, Sr., Republican/Independence/Reform, 97.89%

For Town Clerk (no contest):

Betty Jane Horning, Republican/Independence/Reform, 98.15%

For Town Justice (top vote recipient in BOLD):

Gerard R. Stokes, Democrat, 43.41%

Dale W. Baldwin, Republican/Independence/Reform, 56.59%

For Town Councilmembers (top two vote recipients in BOLD):

Ronnie T. Dunkleman, Democrat, 19.08%

Nancy R. Meeder, Republican/Independence/Reform, 40.31%

Robert A. Schmidt, Republican/Independence/Reform, 40.62%

For Highway Superintendent (no contest):

Bradley D. Hurley, Republican/Independence/Reform, 97.39%

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