Politics and Elections

November 6, 2013

Democrats gain two seats in Franklin Co. Legislature

MALONE — Democrats gained even more seats on the Franklin County Legislature Tuesday when two incumbent Republicans were ousted.

And Kip Cassavaw was the apparent winner in the race for county clerk, defeating Cindy Gale 4,344 to 3,278.

In unofficial counts, Dr. Carl Sherwin was fewer than 60 votes ahead of incumbent Marc “Tim” Lashomb in District 4, where the outcome was 591 to 537, and Don Dabiew apparently defeated incumbent Republican Sue Robideau with an unofficial tally of 798 to 532.

Democrats now hold six of the seven seats on the County Legislature, which was previously split four Democrats to three Republicans this term.

“I don’t have the final numbers but I can tell you it’s gratifying, the support I got,” said Sherwin, singling out his 93-year-old mother, Mary Claire Sherwin, who campaigned door to door on his behalf.

Dabiew said he was “excited and very happy” to have apparently won the seat. “I think there is a lot of work ahead of me and a lot to be done,” he said.  

District 3 went to incumbent Malone Democrat Gordon Crossman over political newcomer Mark Besio by a vote of 566 to 490.

District 7 was an open seat as Saranac Lake Democrat Timothy Burpoe did not seek another term. The vacant position went to Barbara Rice, who defeated two challengers, Edwin Randig and Curtis Reynolds.

She got 819 votes compared to 273 for Randig and 198 for Reynolds.

Here are the tallies for all races around the county:


District Attorney: Derek Champagne (R), 7,112.

County Treasurer: Bryon Varin (D), 7,898.

County Clerk: Kip Cassavaw (D), 4,344; Cindy Gale (R), 3,278.

County Coroner (top two win): Martin Hughes II (R), 4,770; Bert Wilcox (R), 5,223.

Legislature District 1: Guy “Tim” Smith (D) 443.

Legislature District 2: Billy Jones (D) 1,074.

Legislature District 3: Gordon Crossman (D), 566; Mark Besio (R), 490.

Legislature District 4: Marc “Tim” Lashomb (R), 537; Carl Sherwin (D), 591.

Legislature District 5: Sue Robideau (R), 532; Don Dabiew (D), 798.

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