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Reinhardt keeps his lead

Cunningham gives support to opponent, absentee count shifts committee results

Absentee ballots were counted in the Democratic primary race between candidates John Cunningham, sitting far left, and Bill Reinhardt, sitting second from right, on Monday, Sept. 24. Reinhardt officially won the election by approximately 30 votes and will face Republican Jeremy Martelle in November.

Absentee ballots were counted in the Democratic primary race between candidates John Cunningham, sitting far left, and Bill Reinhardt, sitting second from right, on Monday, Sept. 24. Reinhardt officially won the election by approximately 30 votes and will face Republican Jeremy Martelle in November. Photo by Marcy Velte.

— Robbins said she thinks whoever was elected, there is still a need for reform and change.

“We need to make the party more open and participatory, so that’s what we’re going to work at,” she said.

Cunningham said he feels it was not a clear cut victory and is waiting to see what reform looks like from the new committee members. His main goal, now with the rest of the party, is to beat the Republican candidate.

Reinhardt said he would continue to promote his green agenda and the need for openness and transparency in government during his campaign against Martelle. The budget issues facing the town will also be a priority.

He also expects the discussion to be more issues based now that the campaign is moving outside the party. As his campaign moves forward, he is looking to raise more funds because his war chest is still in the red. Reinhardt is hoping the backing of the rest of the town’s Democrats can now help him with that goal and said he would continue his grassroots approach.

“When you don’t have money, that’s a good strategy to knock on doors,” he said

The general election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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