Four years ago, Democrats in Glenville started to gain an edge, changing the control on the town board.
On Election Day 2007, voters elected incumbent Republican Mark Quinn and Republican newcomer Chris Koetzle to the town board, sending a message to Democrats.
Our residents know that we can bring them results, in lowering taxes, continuing to have commercial growth, consolidating services and improving public safety. I am honored and excited to start working on our community's behalf, said Koetzle.
Koetzle beat out current board member Robert Bailey and Christopher Godlewski, both Democrats. The numbers, as of Tuesday evening, Nov. 6, for the 28 precincts were 3,760 for Koetzle, 3,593 for Quinn, 2,934 for Bailey, and 2,637 for Godlewski.
In the race for town justice, Republican Paul Davenport beat his opponent Carol Dillon by close to 1,400 votes. Davenport came in with 3,909 votes and Dillon with 2,594.
Democratic campaign manager James Trapini said that although the party's candidates were disappointed by the losses, their hope is that Glenville will prosper as a growing community.
"We hope that the town will move into a positive direction going forward," said Trapini.
Koetzle has not yet been able to have a victory party due to hospitalization for a minor stroke. He said he did keep an eye on the polls but spent Election Day in the intensive care unit at Ellis Hospital. As of Wednesday morning, Koetzle was recovering quietly and remains in good spirits.
"I am not even sure of the numbers at this point, but I thank those residents who got out to vote. I look forward to working with them, as well as the town board," said Koetzle.""