Candidates for new seat both score nominations

By ARTHUR CLEVELAND

The Leader-Herald

FONDA-The two candidates for the District 2 legislative seat on the new Montgomery County Legislature each earned ballot lines Tuesday for the November general election.

Minden Supervisor Thomas Quackenbush won the Republican primary Tuesday for the District 2 legislative seat. Quackenbush defeated Palatine Supervisor Brian Sweet for the Republican nomination.

According to unofficial vote tallies, Quackenbush received 150 votes and Sweet received 132 votes. The win earns Quackenbush the Republican line in the November general election.

Sweet, however, won the Conservative party primary Tuesday. Sweet received four votes, while Quackenbush received three votes, according to unofficial vote totals.

Quackenbush also will run as a Democrat for the position. The legislative seat is one of nine in the new Montgomery County Legislature, which will replace the Board of Supervisors in January.

In other primary news:

  • In Mohawk, Edward M. Bishop Sr. won the Republican nomination for town supervisor in Tuesday’s primary election.

According to unofficial vote tallies, Bishop received 157 votes, while James Hoffman received 103 votes in the bid for the Republican line in the November general election.

Wayne T. DeMallie will run as an independent on the Frog Party line in the general election.

In the race for Mohawk highway superintendent, incumbent William D. Holvig won the Republican nomination with 144 votes. He beat Ronald G. Hinkle, who received 127 votes. Both candidates will appear on independent lines in the general election.

  • Matthew Ossenfort, a Republican running for the new county executive position, received 122 votes to earn the Conservative Party nomination. Write-in candidates received 22 votes.

In the general election, Ossenfort will face Dominick Stagliano of St. Johnsville, a Democrat.

  • In Amsterdam’s 3rd Ward alderman race, Ronald Barone Sr. won the Republican nomination with 75 votes, versus Anthony D. Leggiero’s 20 votes.
  • Canajoharie’s highway superintendent race saw David A. Hodge and James E. Homkey seeking the Republican nomination. According to unofficial results, Hodge won the Republican nomination with 85 votes, compared to 70 votes for Homkey. The candidates also are running on the Working Man and Bowerman party lines, respectively, in the general election.
  • John A. Gross won the Democratic nomination for Charleston highway superintendent against Marrill Wojcik, 35-30. Wojcik, however, won the Conservative nomination against Robert Rhinehardt, 12-2. Rhinehardt, Gross and Wojcik also will appear on independent lines in the general election.
  • In Florida, Kathryn M. Hermance lost the Republican nomination for town clerk/tax collector to Kim C. LaMont.

LaMont, who won by a vote of 88-69, will face Denise B. Dennison, an independent candidate, in the general election. LaMont also is running on the Integrity Party line.

  • In Minden, Stephen R. Heiser, James F. Earing Jr., Thomas E. Yager, Joan Eckler and Bryan D. Hayes competed for two Republican Party nominations for council positions.

According to the unofficial results, Heiser and Yager won nominations with 91 and 112 votes, respectively. Earing, Eckler and Hayes received 27, 67 and 39 votes, respectively.

Heiser and Yager will face Free Choice candidate Todd W. McFee in the general election.

Highway superintendent hopeful Scott A. Crewell beat out Ronald Douglas for the Republican nomination, 101-76. Crewell will face Albert Hayes of the Lindsay Party in the general election.

  • In St. Johnsville, Ronald R. Millington, Ronald A Hezel and Susan M. Handy were competing Tuesday for two Republican Party nominations for town council.

Millington and Handy each won a nomination with 18 and 14 votes respectively, while Hezel came in last with 8 votes.