Dearth of contested races in March 18 elections

LYNDONVILLE — It was a bit uncertain how the election night results would go in Lyndonville — mainly when voters looked at the ballot Tuesday, there were with no names to choose from for one of the trustee seats.

Trustee incumbent Danny Woodward Jr. ran for one of the trustee spots on The People Party line and won a four-year term with 37 votes. The village said it is not party affiliated and that candidates choose independent party names.

The second trustee position had been held by Andrew Cousins, but Cousins did not turn in a petition to run again, the village said. Neither did anyone else.

Finding a candidate for the second trustee position meant writing in a candidate. When voting was all done at 9 p.m. Annemarie Holland had collected 29 write-in votes to top five other candidates.

Cousins was among them and finished the night with 15. Four write-ins — Patrick Whipple, Steven Shaw, Michelle Dillenbeck and James Tuk each received a vote.

John Belson of the John Belson Party was re-elected to a four-year term as mayor, getting 39 votes, and write-in candidate Darren Wilson received 16.

In Genesee County, Corfu trustee incumbents Lawrence Reisdorf and Kenneth Lauer, both running unopposed on the Republican and Democratic lines, were elected to two-year terms with 34 and 33 votes, respectively. Their vote totals were not available Tuesday night.

In Oakfield, 34 total votes were cast. Republican incumbent John Igoe received 15 votes and fellow GOP incumbent John Mullen got 14. There were five write-in votes.

Last Thursday, Sept. 10, Alexander village trustees met and decided, on the advice of Village Attorney James Wujcik, to continue with Mayor William Wagner and Trustee William Lang for another year.

Wagner said the village is under an old charter from 1834. Under the charter, the mayor and one trustee are voted on every year and the trustees alternate whose seat is up for election.

“Our lawyer felt that, doe to the fact that the budget was passed, trying to set up elections with this COVID (pandemic) was going to be hard,” the mayor said Wednesday.

Wagner said under the charter, a person comes into the meeting and is nominated from the floor and ballots are passed out. The village did not take those steps at the Sept. 10 meeting.

The two other trustees are Lang and Matthew Grimes. Wagner and Lang will serve until at least April.

“All three of us agreed that that was probably the best,” the mayor said of keeping himself and Lang. “There was a brief discussion about it that was it.”

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