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Election Night 2019: Six takeaways from Chemung County races

Star-Gazette (Elmira) logo Star-Gazette (Elmira) 11/6/2019 Jeff Murray, Elmira Star-Gazette

The race for Chemung County sheriff wasn't the only contest to keep an eye on Tuesday in the region. 

While the Elmira mayoral race was largely uncontested (both of Daniel Mandell's opponents dropped out before Election Day, but their names were left on the ballot), other races were shaping up in the city, Town of Elmira, Horseheads, and the state Supreme Court.

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Here are six takeaways from Election Night 2019.

Elmira mayor

Mandell, a Republican, cruised to victory with 2,126 votes, or 73%. Democrat Alex Sweet received 556 votes, or 19%. Susan J. Skidmore, who ran on the Working Families line on the ballot, received 203 votes, or 7%.

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Elmira City Council

There were several contested races for seats on the Elmira City Council, and some incumbents did not seek re-election.

In the First District, Nick Grasso, running on the Democratic and Libertarian party lines, won over former council member James Waters, who has both the Republican and Conservative party endorsements, with 415 votes, or 62%, to Waters' 245 votes, or 37%. Incumbent Thomas Krebs was not on the ballot.

In the Fourth District, Republican/Independence Party candidate Mark Franchi prevailed over Democrat John Massey with 269 votes, or 67.25%, to Massey's 129 votes, or 32.25%.

incumbent Caranell Parks did not run.

Incumbent Fifth District City Council member Timothy Blandford also didn't run again. Instead, Republican/Conservative/Independence Party candidate Tory Kitching topped Democrat and Working Families Party candidate Jackie Wilson with 298 votes, or 57.09%, to 223 votes, or 42.72%, for Wilson.

In the Sixth District, incumbent Nanette Moss, running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines, topped challenger Wendy Nichols, who has the Democratic and Working Family party endorsements. Moss had 399 votes, or 56.44%, while Nichols garnered 306 votes, or 43.28%.

Second District council member Brent Stermer and Third District representative Joseph Duffy both ran for re-election unopposed.

Town of Elmira justice

Democrat Kim Middaugh collected 1,174 votes, or 55.59%, to defeat Republican Mark Weiermiller, who had 938 votes, or 44.41% of votes cast.

Elmira Town Board

In a four-way race for two available seats, Republican and Independence Party candidate Thomas Milliken was the top vote-getter with 1,176 votes, or 32.53%. Democrat and Share the Vision Party candidate Albert Lucarelli won the other seat with 1,150 votes, or 31.81%. 

Faith Piper, endorsed by the Republican and Independence parties, had 871 votes, or 24.09%, and Joseph Coletta, running on the Conservative and Have a Voice party lines, collected 412 votes, or 11.40%.

Village of Horseheads races

In the Village of Horseheads, incumbent Mayor Robert Maloney, running with Republican and Conservative Party endorsements, easily defeated challenger Jonathan Lerche, who had Libertarian Party backing, by a vote of 860, or 87.22%, to 122, or 12.37%.

In a three-way race for two village trustee seats, Republican candidates Patricia Gross and Mark Cronin prevailed over Democrat Dawn Bush. 

Cronin was the top vote-getter with 747, or 40.78%, while Gross earned 692 votes, or 37.77 percent. Bush had 387 votes, or 21.12%.

Supreme Court Justices

In the 6th Judicial District, which includes Chemung, Schuyler and Tioga counties, five candidates are vying for three seats.

With 588 of 591 election districts reporting, Republican/Conservative/Independence Party candidate Mark Masler leads with 78,813 votes, or 19.57%. Republican/Conservative/Independence Party candidate Chris Baker has 72,680 votes, or 18.05%. Oliver N. Blaise III, with the same party backing, has 67,166 votes, or 16.68%.

Democrat Claudette Newman has 53,133 votes, or 13.19%, while Democrat Pete Charnetsky tallied 51,743 votes, or 12.85%.

In the 7th Judicial District, which includes Steuben County, three candidates are competing for two seats.

With all election districts reporting in, Matthew Rosenbaum, running on the Republican, Conservative, and several other party lines, had 163,611 votes, or 30.03%. Kevin Nasca, with Republican, Conservative and Independence Party backing, had 141,920 votes, or 26.05%.

Democrat/Libertarian Party candidate Meredith Vacca had 127,766 votes, or 23.45 percent.

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