R esidents of Dresden will have to wait a few days to find out who will be the town’s next supervisor.
Democratic challenger George Gang and Incumbent Bob Banks were locked in a statistical dead heat at the close of polls on Tuesday.
Gang held a slim 111 to 106 lead over Banks with 54 absentee ballots left to count.
The battle between Gang and Banks was the closest local race in terms of votes.
In Whitehall, incumbent justice Thomas Nichols easily defeated his challengers garnering 36 percent of the votes. Nichols was one of four candidates seeking one of two open spots of the bench. Democrat Robert Putorti Jr. won the second seat with 26 percent of the vote. Village trustee Ken Bartholomew received 20 percent of the vote and Whitehall Board of Education President Virginia Rivette garnered 18 percent of the vote.
The other contested race in Whitehall was for town council where both Republican candidates defeated their Democratic challengers. Incumbent David Hollister won another term in office after gaining 33 percent of the vote. Political newcomer John Rozell was elected for the first time, receiving 28 percent of the vote. Democrats Scott Martel and Robert Carswell received 21 percent and 19 percent of the vote, respectively.
In Hampton, town councilman Herbert Sady easily defeated incumbent Francis Baker in a repeat of the Republican primary. Sady nearly doubled Baker’s vote total, garnering 91 votes, which represents nearly half of the ballots cast. Baker finished with 49 votes (27 percent) and Joseph Williams received 44 votes (24 percent). Baker has served three consecutive terms and six terms overall since first being elected as highway superintendent in 1998.
Sady, who opted to run for highway superintendent instead of seek another term on the town council, will be replaced by his brother Don Sady. Andrea Sweeney will replace councilman Dave Perry, who chose not to run again. Both Don Sady and Sweeney ran unopposed.
Voters in Dresden also chose two town council members. Donald Greenough and Edwin Raymond emerged from a field of three candidates and will take office in January.
Greenough received 42 percent of the vote; Raymond 36 percent of the vote and Carl Sobeck 22 percent of the vote.
Also, Jared Eggleston defeated Helenmarie Sunkenberg in a battle for town justice. Eggleston garnered 68 percent of the vote.
It could be a week or more before voters in Dresden know who will guide the town in the New Year. Absentee ballots won’t be counted until next Tuesday.
Banks, who has served as supervisor for 20 years, was one of five Washington County Supervisors who were challenged in Tuesday’s general election. Although results aren’t yet official, incumbents in Putnam (John LaPointe), Jackson (Alan Brown), Greenwich (Sara Idelman), and Kingsbury (Jim Lindsay) are all expected to return to office when the results are finalized.
Hampton’s Dave O’Brien, Whitehall’s George Armstrong, and Granville’s Matt Hicks were all on Tuesday’s ballot but each ran unopposed.
The only local race of consequence was for Washington County District Attorney where Republican challenger Tony Jordan defeated incumbent Kevin Kortright in a land slide, 7,707 votes to 3,615.
Tuesday’s ballot also included six propositions. Voters approved casino gambling and approved a pair of land swaps in the Adirondacks. They also approved a proposition related to veterans civil service points and a proposition that allows local governments to borrow beyond their legal debt limits to accommodate sewer infrastructure repairs. A proposition to allow state judges to serve until they were 80 years old was defeated.
All results are unofficial until absentee ballots are counted.