Voters in many parts of Saratoga County went to the polls on Tuesday, Sept. 15, to select candidates for upcoming November local elections in races that either firmed up ballots or decided races entirely.
The important contests in most areas were for the Republican line, as many municipal governments in Saratoga County have heavily GOP representation and a high ratio of Republican voters. In some cases, a Republican primary decides the eventual winner, as other parties fail to field candidates.
As per New York election law, only members registered with a certain party may vote in its primary.
In Milton, three-term incumbent supervisor Frank Thompson will hold on to the Republican line after being snubbed by his town's GOP Committee, which chose to endorse Planning Board member John Frolish earlier this year. Thompson will also appear on the Conservative line.
Also defeated was John Olenik, a retired regular at Town Board meetings. Thompson received 735 votes, Frolish 642 and Olenik 622.
Thompson and Frolish could not be reached for comment before press time.
Olenik said that while his message of long-term planning and growth had received a great response on the campaign trail, a meager turnout likely worked against him.
Obviously I'm disappointed with the results, but the people chose their candidate and they're going to have to live with him, he said. "The campaign actually went excellent.but the turnout was very low."
Thompson will face Democrat Meg Stevens in November. Stevens will also appear on the Independence and Working Families lines.
A situation not unlike the primary for the Milton supervisor line was also firmed up Tuesday, as two candidates out of four won the right to appear on the Republican line for Town Board seats in that town.
John Mancini and incumbent Frank Blaisdell"the endorsed choices"were the top two vote earners, leading incumbent Hollis Blodgett and Barbara Kerr.