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September 11, 2013

Primary Day ends with a few surprises

PLATTSBURGH — A resounding win by Democrat Rachelle Armstrong over the City of Plattsburgh Ward 1 Council incumbent highlighted primary elections in Clinton County.

There was at least one surprise in Essex County on Tuesday night, as incumbent Ticonderoga Town Supervisor Debra Malaney lost the Republican race to her challenger, Bill Grinnell, a retired local contractor.

’DISAPPOINTED’

Armstrong tallied 142 votes to Tim Carpenter’s 20 for the unofficial win. There were 738 eligible voters in the primary.

“I feel like I worked very hard getting out there and meeting people and spending time with them and listening to their concerns, and I think people responded to that,” she said, happy with the results.

Carpenter was elected in 2007 and 2010, but in a surprise move, party leaders gave the endorsement to Armstrong in a caucus in March, setting up the primary.

Armstong hopes Tuesday’s win will provide momentum for the race to come, in which she faces Republican William Ferris.

“I feel like I made a connection with people, and this is about community-building and getting on board together, and I think people are interested and energized, and I hope they will join me,” she said.

Carpenter was disappointed.

“I just want to thank the residents of Ward 1 for allowing me to serve them the last six years,” he said.

“I think I worked hard doing what I thought was right — keeping taxes down, saving jobs and providing good services. 

“Congratulations to Rachelle and good luck to the next council.”

MEYER WINS WARD 3

In Ward 3 in the city, Justin Meyer won the Democratic Party primary over Kathleen McCleery by an unofficial count of 59 to 23 with three write-in votes still to be counted. There were 747 eligible voters.

“I really got out there and spoke to a lot of people, and I think my message was well received,” Meyer said.

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