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Scotia Democrats sweep trustee contests

Village board’s lone Republican fails to win reelection

— Scotia Democrats had something to celebrate post-Election Day after securing three seats on the Village Board of Trustees, according to unofficial election results.

The Democratic victories on Tuesday, Nov. 6, will result in singly party rule on the five-seat village board after Republican challengers failed to secure any seats. Incumbent Republican Thomas Neals was denied another four-year term, but the two incumbent Democrats will be returning.

In the trustee race to fill a vacancy for a two-year term, Rory Fluman retained the seat he was appointed to following Cathy Gatta being elected to the Schenectady County Legislature. Fluman had a strong lead and garnered 1,914 votes, or 65 percent of the total, while Republican Keven Mathes had 1,028 votes.

There were also two full-term seats up for election, which Democrats Thomas Gifford and newcomer John Lockwood won. Incumbent Gifford held the most support of all the candidates, with 1,682 votes, or 29 percent. John Lockwood garnered second place in the race with 1,527 votes, or 26 percent.

Lockwood last year had unsuccessfully ran for a seat on the Glenville Town Board, which was his first foray into politics.

Neals was behind Lockwood by fewer than 200 votes, with 1,355 votes, or 23 percent. Republican David Lindsay garnered the least amount of support, with 1,286 votes, or 22 percent.

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