Voters queue up in the Lake George Town Hall, waiting to cast ballots in the Nov. 6 General Election. Turnout was fairly heavy, and the waiting line at times extended through the town hall lobby out the entrance door.
In a fitting throwback to elections many decades ago, several contests for public office in Warren County are hinging on paper ballots.
Warren County Election Commissioner Mary Beth Casey said just before midnight on General Election Day that results in the county's two local races won’t be tabulated and confirmed for several days.
In Thurman as of Wednesday Nov. 7, a three-way race for town board was awaiting a tally of write-in votes for a candidate.
In Stony Creek, a race’s outcome was to be affected by tabulation of absentee ballots that had yet to be counted.
Running for Thurman town board were Lisa Marie Bender, Gail Seaman and Filomena Riviello, who is serving as Thurman Town Justice through Dec. 31.
Seaman, a Republican, won 201 votes to Lisa-Marie Binder’s 112. Riviello, who vacated the justice post to run for the town board, ran as a write-in candidate — because she made her decision past the date to file qualifying petitions. The vote count wasn’t determined by 7:45 a.m. Wednesday.
Seaman said at 11:30 p.m. Election Day that she was pleased to be the front-runner for the board seat.
“I’m glad Thurman citizens are interested in taking part in the election,” she said. “This turnout is a big win for the community.”
She said that local people were demonstrating citizenship by their participation in the democratic process.
“Local people are interested in the betterment of Thurman all around,” Seaman continued.
Seaman said that if she indeed secures the post, continuing to provide traditional local services while keeping the town’s budget under the tax cap will be her primary focus. Retaining the services of the local ambulance squad is one of her top objectives, she added.
“Maintaining as many services as possible while controlling expenditures will be the challenge,” she said.
This town board seat was held until May 2012 by Rebecca Hitchcock, then her by husband Bob after her death. Bob Hitchcock decided this summer not to run again for the post.
Another post in Thurman pending the tabulation of write-in votes is the town Justice position.
Sheila Flanagan, proprietor of Nettle Meadow Farms, is write-in candidate for town justice to succeed Riviello — but she is the only declared candidate.
In Stony Creek, independent town board candidate John Thomas trumped Republican candidate John F. O'Neill by a machine-ballot tally of 180 to 154.
Attempts to reach Thomas on Election Day were unsuccessful, but O’Neill predicted that the vote could be overturned by the absentee ballots yet to be counted.
“I am absolutely hopeful things will go in my direction,” he said. O’Neill, who’s active on three emergency responder agencies in the area, defeated John Fieldstadt 34-27 in the September primary election.
Thomas is a self-employed contractor who owns a campground and runs a sawmill. Active in the community, he is former chief and a current trustee of the Stony Creek Volunteer Fire Company. Thomas serves on the local library board and volunteers as a Boy Scout leader. He said recently that if elected, he intends to look into expanding local services if possible.