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Absentee ballots could change Waddington supervisor result

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WADDINGTON - It’s not over yet.

That’s what both Waddington town supervisor candidates said Wednesday after hearing that there were enough absentee ballots to sway the race.

Sandy R. Wright, who held both the Democratic and Republican party lines, narrowly defeated incumbent and third party candidate Mark Scott Tuesday by 29 votes.

Mrs. Wright received 430 votes over Supervisor Mark Scott who had 401 votes.

But election officials said the win is not official until all 69 absentee ballots are tabulated on Nov. 15.

Mr. Scott, who has served one, four-year term in office, said Wednesday he will remain in the race until all the votes are counted.

“I think things are going to tighten up a bit,” Mr. Scott said. “I don’t know if it will be enough, but I think that the difference is going to become narrower. I think we will have to wait until November 15 to find out for sure. It’s too close to call.”

Mrs. Wright said she had mixed feelings Wednesday.

“I am excited, but we will have to wait until the absentee ballots to make it official before we can celebrate,” Mrs. Wright said.

Mr. Scott said that he will stay committed to helping Waddington even if the absentee votes don’t swing in his favor.

“There’s going to be quite a bit of turnover,” Mr. Scott said. “Should I lose the election, I’ll assist the new board, if requested.”

Three out of four board members will not be returning next year.

Newcomers Democrat Patricia A. Van Patten and Republican Shawn L. Prentice will replace Republican David L. Putney and Democrat Shirley Robinson, who was not re-elected. Mr. Putney opted not to run for re-election.

Mr. Putney was beat by fellow council member Robert Dalton by 131 votes in the race for highway superintendent. Mr. Putney had 349 while Mr. Dalton had 480 votes Mr. Dalton will replace Terry Mayette who is retiring this year.

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