PLATTSBURGH — The Independence Party primary race for Clinton County treasurer tightened dramatically Wednesday when write-in ballots were counted.
Kimberly Davis, the Democratic candidate, received 77 write-in votes unofficially to pull within 4 of Susan Polhemus, who received 81 votes as the candidate listed on the ballot.
With 71 absentee ballots still to be opened next Monday, the outcome remains in doubt.
“We worked hard with other candidates on absentee ballots, and I think the odds might be in our favor,” Davis said Wednesday.
Polhemus is running as the Republican candidate.
“I am kind of disappointed. I would like to have this line (Independence), but if not, then that’s how it goes,” she said.
“But I am still on the Republican line, and I am not giving up because I still feel that I am the best candidate for treasurer.”
Polhemus is a Peru Town Council member and worked as the assistant to the supervisor from 2003 to 2006. She said she has 30 years of experience in municipal accounting and finance that she will emphasize to voters for the November election.
“I hope people will really look at both candidates and at what we have to offer and see that my government experience will make a difference,” she said.
“We don’t want someone to go in there that doesn’t know what is going on, and I know how government finance works already.”
QUIT JOB TO RUN
Davis, who in 2007 ran a close race but lost to Republican Joseph Giroux, said she wanted the voters to have a say in Tuesday’s primary. Independence Party leaders downstate picked the candidates for the ballot since there is no local leadership in the party.
“I think it (results) just shows my hard work. I spent a huge amount of time talking to people one on one, explaining the process, and I wanted to make sure people had a chance, and I think people responded to that,” Davis said.