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Saratoga County sees some tight races on Election Night

Alyssa Jung

— Saratoga County voters decided incumbent supervisors should hold on to their seats, by the seat of their pants in some cases, on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8.

In his seventh time running for Town of Clifton Park supervisor, incumbent Republican Phil Barrett won by a large margin with 4,680 votes, over challenger and Democrat Marty O’Connor’s 1,675 votes.

“I want to thank everybody for all their support and assistance once again this year. … Every time’s a little different, every campaign’s a little different, every opponent is a little different but the one constant is this committee, the friends that we’ve made over the years and the tremendous job that you folks [do],” said Barrett, flanked by his girlfriend Paula Davis and two sons at a gathering of Clifton Park Republicans on election night.

O’Connor could not be reached for comment.

Barrett said the town has already taken cost-cutting measures to maintain a balanced budget but warned the hard times are not over.

“We’ve made a lot of tough choices and will need to make more. There’s going to be some more cost-cutting measures we need to put in effect. We need to continue the progress and make sure that we maintain Clifton Park in the state that it’s in: very fiscally viable and successful,” said Barrett. “I assure you we will and I sincerely hope that we’ve always made you proud of us.”

There will be one new face on the Clifton Park Town Board with Republican challenger James Whalen defeating Democrat Wanda Zygmuntowicz to join Scott Hughes, R, on the board. Whalen lead the Town Board candidates with 4,621 votes, followed by Hughes with 4,800 and Zygmuntowicz with 2,358.

Current Town Justice and Democrat Robert A. Rybak will keep his seat after besting challenger Joseph C. Berger.

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