It took a little longer than usual, but the Whitehall town supervisor Republican primary did have a winner by the end of the night on Tuesday.
Problems with the voting booth located at the town highway garage led to the final votes not being counted until after 10:30 p.m., with George Armstrong receiving the nod as the GOP’s candidate for the town’s top administrative post in the November election.
“I’m extremely pleased for the support that I got from Republicans,” said Armstrong after the results were made known. “It was beyond my wildest expectations. I guess I didn’t know what to expect.”
“What I would really like to do is get an opportunity to speak with the mayor (Francis “Fra” Putorti) and getting his thoughts on a consolidation of office space between the town and villages,” said Armstrong. “While the budget will already be in place before someone would take office, I also plan on attending as many of the budget meetings as I can.”
Overall, Armstrong received 214 votes in the primary, while fellow GOP candidate Orson Kingsley finished behind the unofficial winner with 112 votes. Current town Councilman David Waters finished in third place in the primary, tallying 51 votes.
Armstrong was the only candidate who had filed an independent petition with the Washington County Board of Elections, meaning that both Kingsley and Waters would only be able to continue their run for the position of town supervisor through a seldom-successful write-in campaign.
Armstrong said his main goal would be to make sure that the Town Hall move would be expedited.
“I think that there is a good chance that after the election, the state is going to come in with an ultimatum and say, you gotta go,” said Armstrong. “I would say that is the most pressing issue, and I look forward to working with the village on this if I am elected.”
Armstrong, who currently serves as the vice president of the Whitehall Central School Board of Education, will vie for votes against Democratic candidate Richard Gordon, a former village and town justice.
“I am looking forward to a spirited general election,” said Armstrong. “I think that the focus won’t be on personalities, but on ideas and ways to move the town forward.”
All results are unofficial as of now, according to the Washington County Board of Elections.
Hampton highway superintendent
At the moment, there is no loser in the primary for the position of highway superintendent, with incumbent Walter Douglas and Francis Baker, whom Douglas defeated in 2007, each receiving 51 votes in the Sept. 15 election. There are six absentee ballots that still need to be counted. That count will take place no sooner than seven days after the election.
Washington County district attorney
Former Washington County District Attorney Robert Winn was the top vote-getter in the race against incumbent Kevin Kortright, with Winn receiving 1,822 votes compared to the 1,601 votes that were cast for Kortright.
In Whitehall, Kortright scored a 183-151 victory over Winn.