Lowes, DiPasquale Win Board Seats
By Jann Wiswall
John Burrell, former Town of Ellicottville Supervisor, defeated long-time Village of Ellicottville Mayor Charles Coolidge by 22 votes (113-91) after an impressive number of voters made a point to get to the polls on Tuesday, March 15.
In addition, the race for two seats on the board of trustees resulted in incumbent Trustee Patra Lowes and candidate Joseph Dipasquale winning with 114 votes each. The other incumbent candidate, Bob Brogcinski, was defeated. Brogcinski also serves as Deputy Mayor.
A total of 206 votes (including 30 absentee ballots) were cast. The village has 284 registered voters, according to the County Board of Elections, and fewer than that according to other tallies. Depending on the total used, voter turnout was somewhere between 73 and 80 percent.
Kevin Burleson, the Democratic commissioner of the County Board of Elections, commented that “Ellicottville is noted for having active elections when there are competitive races.”
The new Village leaders will take office on April 1.
Burrell said he is “thankful to all the people who helped and supported me and voted for me. I had a great campaign team who put forth a tremendous amount of effort and work on my behalf.”
Lowes and DiPasquale also thanked the voters for their support. Lowes said, “I am proud to have been re-elected to the Village Board and will continue to serve and watch over our ever growing community’s best interests.” DiPasquale promises to “do the best job I can” as a new member of the Board of Trustees.
While Burrell acknowledges that some unfortunate campaign ugliness crept in, especially at the end, he said he hopes “to be able to represent every single voter and taxpayer in the village. I am looking forward to being one of the five members of the Board of Trustees and working together for the good of our village and community.”
He added that he would “like people to join me in thanking Charlie Coolidge for his 19 years on the board, 18 of them as our mayor.”
For his part, Coolidge thanks all of the voters who “have supported him throughout the 18 years. It’s been a wonderful opportunity. I would also like to thank all of the Village employees for their hard work and dedication. Thank you again and God bless the Village of Ellicottville.”