County legislators set
FONDA – Montgomery County’s nine legislators were decided Tuesday.
A new county charter was created and approved last November. The charter changed the county’s government from a Board of Supervisors to a county Legislature with nine legislative districts.
Two incumbents on the Board of Supervisors ran a close race for District 2. Unofficial results from the Montgomery?County Board of Elections show Palatine Supervisor Brian Sweet was defeated by Minden Supervisor Thomas Quackenbush, 507-564. Sweet ran on the Conservative ballot, while Quackenbush ran on the Democrat and Republican ballots.
In District 3, Democrat Roy Dimond beat board Chairman and Root Supervisor John Thayer by a vote of 571-492. Dimond ran on the Conservative and Democrat ballots. Thayer ran on the Republican and Liberty ballots.
The race for District 5 was tight, with Democrat Terry Bieniek beating Republican Daniel Wilson in a 765-756 vote. Bieniek ran on the Democrat and Conservative tickets, while Wilson ran on the Republican and Independent tickets.
City of Amsterdam supervisors faced off in District 7. Second Ward Supervisor Jeffrey Stark was defeated by 4th Ward Supervisor Barbara Wheeler, 351-385. Stark ran on the Honest Government and Democrat lines, while Wheeler ran on the Republican, conservative and Independent lines.
Joseph Isabel defeated city of Amsterdam 1st Ward Supervisor Vito Greco in the race for District 8. Isabel received 557 votes, while Greco garnered 452 votes. Isabel ran on the Democrat ballot, and Greco ran on the Republican, Conservative and Independent ballots.
Republican Alexander Kuchis defeated Democrat Robert Purtell for the District 9 position. Kuchis received 657 votes, while Purtell grabbed 615 votes. Kuchis ran on the Republican, Conservative and Independent lines. Purtell ran on the Democrat ballot.
Three candidates ran unopposed for spots in the new Legislature: Republican Martin Kelly for District 1, Republican Ryan Weitz for District 4 and Democrat John Duchessi for District 6.
The elected legislators will make $10,000 per year. They’ll begin serving in their new positions Jan. 1 when the new form of government goes into effect.