Medina Journal-Register — Shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday at Ridgeway Town Hall, Ray Wendling heard the tally for the first three Ridgeway voting districts, and the vote for highway superintendent in the town was close, standing at 71 to 65 in his favor.
About 20 minutes later, a pollster from the other voting location at the Ridgeway Fire Hall brought in the results from the remaining four districts, which favored incumbent Mark Goheen 160 to 125.
With a final vote total giving the Republican primary to Goheen by a 225 to 196 count, Wendling said he was not discouraged.
“It’s less than a 30 vote difference,” he said. “I’ve got until November and can still get out, introduce myself, and knock on doors.” Wendling said he is also running on the Conservative and Independence party’s lines.
Wendling’s wife, Kim, was with him, and she said it was “pretty exciting” to see the amount of support her husband has gained. “We’ve met a lot of great people through campaigning and look forward to meeting more,” she said.
Meanwhile, in Goheen learned of the results at the Board of Elections in Albion, and he also said he was looking forward to November and the regular election.
“I’ll continue campaigning,” he said. “Nothing is changing because there’s still a competition.”
Goheen, assured the Republican nod in November, is also running on the Independence Line. He said he planned on continuing to look for endorsements with the hope of having more voter turnout in two months.
He said he was “honored” to win a close race, and was happy to have the support.
In other Orleans County Republican primaries, Pamela Rush defeated Lea Olles for the party nod for Carlton Town Clerk by a 215 to 155 tally.
The Carlton Town Council primary resulted in 212 votes for James Shoemaker, 190 for Joyce Harris, and 145 for Bilal Huzair, giving Shoemaker and Harris spots in November.
Also in Carlton, Paul Snook defeated David Krull 215 to 155 for the a spot on the ballot for highway superintendent.
Finally, in the Town of Clarendon, Paul Nicosia and Marc Major won spots on November’s ballot with 118 and 111 votes, respectively, while Donna DeFilipps received 96 votes.