The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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November 5, 2013

Four local races too close to call

Medina Journal-Register —

Four local elections, including the Ridgeway highway superintendent's race, are too close to call today.

After the polls closed at 9 p.m. Tuesday, challenger Ray Wendling held a slim lead over incumbent Ridgeway highway superintendent Mark Goheen, 570 to 562, according to unofficial results reported by the Orleans County Board of Elections.

Up to 57 absentee ballots in the race will be counted next Tuesday, according to Republican Election Commissioner Dennis Piedimonte.

Goheen and Wendling both said they look forward to the results. Neither would claim victory or defeat.

"We'll find out (next week)," Goheen said. "It can swing either way."

Goheen is comfortable with where he sits now, he added.

Similarly, Wendling said he's happy with the results thus far and is pleased with the campaign he ran.

"I'm happy to have the support I've received," he said. 

Elsewhere in Orleans County:

• A single vote separates the contenders for Albion town supervisor. Jake Olles, a Democrat and No Bull party candidate, garnered 476 votes and Matthew Passarell, a Republican and Conservative nominee amassed 475 once polls closed Tuesday night. Forty-six of 66 absentee ballots issued by the Board of Elections were returned on election day; some more may come in before next week, but only those postmarked by Nov. 5 will be counted, Piedimonte said.

• The Barre town justice race, featuring three candidates, has a logjam at the top. Republican and Independent candidate Richard DeCarlo Jr. holds a 205-to-196 vote lead over Democrat Rick Root. Conservative Sean Pogue trailed with 117 votes. Twenty of 27 absentee ballots issued were returned as of election day.

• To the north, the Carlton highway superintendent's election also is too close to call, as Independence party candidate David Krull holds a 403-to-394 edge over Paul Snook, who had the Republican and Conservative ballot lines. Forty-eight of 60 absentee ballots issued were returned as of election day. Also in Carlton, heavy voter turnout in one election district drove the need to use eight emergency ballots. Those will be counted next week as well, Piedimonte said.



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