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September 11, 2013

Primary Day ends with a few surprises


"I will continue on my mission to display my qualifications to the public," he said.



Republican James Wemette was listed on the ballot as the Independence Party candidate for the City Council in Ward 6. Write-in candidates who campaigned were Democrat Josh Kretser and incumbent Democrat councilor Chris Jackson, who plans to run as an independent.

There are 71 registered Independence Party voters in the district. A total of 6 votes were cast, and Wemette received four.

He said having the Independence Party line is important to his campaign, which is based on Lean Six Sigma efficiency practices and accountable government.

"There is a minority of Republicans in the district, so I think this is critical," he said.

Kretser said that, with the Democratic and Working Family lines, he has a strong network of supporters.

"In November, no matter what happens, I will continue to work as a force for change in the City of Plattsburgh," he said.

Jackson expressed congratulations aimed at Wemette on Tuesday’s results. He will continue to run as an independent on the Experience Matters party.

"We'll see what happens in November," Jackson said.


The write-ins will also be counted on Wednesday, and about 70 absentee ballots will be tallied within a week.

“I feel really good,” Davis said Tuesday night. “I believe a significant number of absentees will be for me, but we won’t know for sure until then.”

Davis, who ran as Kimberly Kleist and lost a close race in 2007 to Republican Joseph Giroux, said she worked hard trying to win the Independence primary even though she was not on the ballot.

“We spent a lot of time educating people about the write-in process, and I am confident that we have a good shot,” she said.

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