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November 23, 2013

Becky Kasper wins in Ward 5

Two votes push Democrat to victory over Bruce Lawson

PLATTSBURGH — Democrat Becky Kasper has pulled off the win in the City of Plattsburgh Ward 5 council race by just two votes over Republican Bruce Lawson.

“I feel as if I’ve run for the same office three times in the last three weeks,” Kasper said.

“But I knew it was going to be challenging going in, and it is all worthwhile. Whatever way this turned out, I was going to be pretty satisfied.”

CHALLENGES

Lawson led by four votes after the Nov. 5 election, but they were tied after absentee ballots were counted this past Monday.

Three ballots were challenged by Lawson, and he had three days to take those ballots to court.

One of those ballots did go to court because it apparently was filed by a poll worker prior to the date allowed.

Lawson relented on his challenge of the final two votes, and and they were opened Friday morning.

One was being challenged because it was from a disabled person but there was no application for an absentee ballot, and the other was challenged because it was mailed to the voter in Troy.

Both of those votes went to Kasper, giving her the victory.

CLOSE, CLEAN

The final tally was 353 for Kasper and 351 for Lawson.

“The margin of victory was two votes,” Lawson said.

“If anyone thinks their vote doesn’t count, I would ask them to think differently.”

Lawson congratulated Kasper on the win, saying it was a good, clean race.

“I am sure she will do a fine job representing the ward,” he said. “I want to thank all those who voted for me. We ran a positive race and came within a whisker of winning.”

Kasper is the fourth woman out of five councilors to serve in Ward 5 since it was established with re-districting in 1993.

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