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September 14, 2012

Carpenter wins Moriah justice primary

ELIZABETHTOWN — Richard “Rick” Carpenter got the nod in Thursday’s primary election to replace a departing town justice in Moriah.

The three Republican candidates for Moriah town justice and their vote totals were: Richard Carpenter Sr., 200; Larry Wintle Jr., 105; and Brandy Patnode-Michener, 73.

“I thought it was a very good race, with no mudslinging,” Carpenter said. “I’m happy about the results, and I want to thank the voters.”

Carpenter is currently on the Moriah Town Council and would have to resign that post if elected justice.

All three candidates will be on the November general election ballot as independents.

“I’m going to keep campaigning,” Wintle said after the unofficial results were announced. “We’ve got to push forward.”

Patnode-Michener could not be reached for comment.

The new town justice will replace Jeff Farnsworth, who resigned after he accepted employment outside the area.

The town’s other justice, Brian Venne, is handling all cases until a second one takes office.

This year, there were Republican primaries in only two towns in Essex County.

In Jay, the race was for tax collector, with Jessie McDonald winning with 53 votes; Tina Fenton got 20.

With no other candidates on the ballot at this point, McDonald would likely win the post in November.

Longtime tax collector June Taylor died following a vehicle crash earlier

this year.

Email Lohr McKinstry: lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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