In the Primary election held Tuesday Sept. 13, Republican incumbents were defeated by challengers in several northern Warren County towns.
The top local executive position of Town Supervisor was contested for the Republican ballot position in the towns of Lake George, Bolton, Horicon, Johnsburg, and Lake Luzerne.
In Lake George, Incumbent Frank McCoy was defeated in this initial vote for the Republican line by Engineer and surveyor Dennis Dickinson, a former Democrat turned Republican, by a tally of 278 to 221. There are 63 absentee ballots yet to be counted, but absentees generally follow the proportion of the machine vote. The two will face off again in November as they have independent party lines on the ballot.
In Horicon, long-time town supervisor Ralph Bentley was defeated for the G.O.P. ballot position by Challenger Robert Olson, by a vote of 192 to 163. A number of absentee ballots also are outstanding in Horicon, so the results are tentative. Bentley and Olson will also vie again in November for the Supervisor post .
In Warrensburg, incumbent Town Board candidates Austin Markey and Dean Ackley were defeated for the G.O.P. nomination by challengers Joyce Reed and Linda Marcella Baker. The vote was as follows: Joyce Reed, 240; Linda Baker Marcella, 228; Austin Markey, 199; and Dean Ackley, 204. All will be back in November, as Markey and Ackley have independent slots on the ballot.
In Lake George, incumbent Town Board candidates Scott Wood and Caryl Clark held onto their G.O.P. endorsements, fending off a challenge by former village board member Marisa Muratori. The vote tally was 310 for Scott Wood, 304 for Caryl Clark, and 238 for Marisa Muratori. All three will again be competing in November.
In Bolton, supervisor Ron Conover held onto his Republican ballot position, defeating challenger Alexander Gabirels, a former supervisor, by a vote of 198 to 77.
In the town of Chester, the Town Clerk post was contested. Deputy Town Clerk Patricia “Pat” Smith received 129 votes to 50 for Barbara LaFlure and 15 for Cynthia Hill.
For Horicon Town Board, challenger Matthew J. Simpson was the top vote-getter with 262, followed by councilman Kenneth J. Higgins with 241, and councilman Joseph B. Dooris with 140.
In the town of Lake Luzerne, incumbent Town Supervisor Gene Merlino beat former supervisor Larry Bennett by a vote to 270 to 126.
For Lake Luzerne Town Board, the vote was as follows for two open seats: Virginia Russell, 181; Anthony M. Cirillo, 148; William Below, 144; Jeffrey Prescott, 93; Jack Fazio, 89; and Sherry J. Saheim, 83.
In the town of Johnsburg, two new candidates were seeking the Supervisor’s post, following the announced retirement of long-time town CEO Sterling Goodspeed. In this vote for the G.O.P. endorsement, Charles D. Martin received 84 votes to Timothy “Tim” Record’s 42.
For two Johnsburg town board seats, the votes were as follows: challenger Peter Olesheski, 83; incumbent Frank E. Morehouse Jr., 78; incumbent Eugene Arsenault, 74; and Roger W. Mosher, 23.
For Warrensburg Town Highway Superintendent, incumbent Gerald "Eddie" Pennock beat challenger Danny Ackley, an employee of the highway department, by a vote of 319 to 123.
In the town of Hague, incumbent Town Highway Superintendent Donald R. Smith received 51 votes, defeating Matthew L. Coffin, who had 27.
In the town of Stony Creek, for two town board seats, Nathan J. Thomas received 79 votes, Doreen C. Ryan, received 70, and John K. Fieldstadt, 42.
For Lake George Democratic Party Committee, members of the Lake George Citizens group defeated two incumbent committee members. Barbara Neubauer received 40 votes, and Joanne Gavin received 36, defeating George Green and Janie Green, who had 12 apiece.