Hynes has held a town council seat since last February, when she was appointed to fill the term that opened when Republican Paul Farnan resigned after winning the 2005 election. Under election laws, Hynes had to be elected to complete the next three years of that term.
Southworth had run against Farnan in last year's elections, and was defeated by about 120 votes. After the town districts reported their results in the early hours the day after this year's elections, the board of elections posted the unofficial numbers, which had Southworth leading slightly with 1,855 votes versus Hynes with 1,850.
"Patti will remain active; it's not over," said Patrick Southworth.
Current town council member Jim Briaddy admitted to having been anxious over the last eight days.
"We hope it doesn't get this bad in the next elections," said Briaddy.
Those elections won't be far off; next year several town of Ballston positions will be up for election, including town supervisor, town clerk, town tax collector, and two town council seats.
Photo -- Mary Beth Hynes""