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Politics and Elections

November 7, 2013

Three Democratic supervisors defeated in Essex County

ELIZABETHTOWN — Unofficial results from Tuesday’s general election in Essex County knocked five incumbents off the Board of Supervisors, including three out of six Democrats.

Voters also removed all four women from the board.

Results could change in Minerva, where incumbent Democratic Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey is losing by only 8 votes to independent challenger Stephen McNally.

McNally is a registered Democrat who lost the primary to Corey but narrowly won the general eleciton, 192 to 184.

Essex County Republican Election Commissioner Allison McGahay said they have 37 absentee ballots out for Minerva, with 23 received back as of Tuesday.

Absentee ballots will be accepted up to seven days after the election, she said.

Countywide, 600 to 700 absentee ballots will be counted, McGahay said.  

The official recanvass, when absentee and other special ballots are counted, is all day Wednesday, Nov. 13. The Minerva count is slated for 9 a.m.

‘IT’S UNREAL’

Essex County Democratic Party Chair Bethany Kosmider said the Minerva supervisor race will likely be decided at the recanvass.

“We’ll be watching not just the Minerva race closely, but all the races that were close. We had outstanding supervisors that lost, four of whom are women. People chose to vote the way they voted.”

Kosmider said there’s always another election to work toward.

“We (Democrats) will continue to put up good candidates. It’s only two years until the next election for supervisor.”

If the Minerva results stand, it will be the first time in 34 years that no woman has served on the Essex County Board of Supervisors, Moriah Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava said Wednesday.

In 1980, Mildred Dobie of North Hudson and Florence Hathaway of Willsboro were the first women members, followed by Joyce Morency of St. Armand in 1981.

“There’s been a woman on ever since,” Scozzafava said. “It’s unreal.”

‘AN ODD QUIRK’

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