WILLSBORO — Incumbent Republican Town Supervisor Shaun Gillilland defeated independent challenger Wendy Sayward, 391 to 297 votes.

Sayward previously lost the Republican primary to Gillilland, so she was solely on the independent line for the general election.

She said she felt losing to an incumbent by 94 votes was a respectable showing for a first-time challenger running as an independent and the result was “amazing.”

“I think I did very well," Sayward said. "I think it showed the town is ready for some change.”

She said she plans to run again in two years.

“I’m not going away. I plan to stay involved.”

Gillilland said he never took it for granted he'd be the winner, despite his advantage of the party line on the ballot.

“I’m rather happy," he said. "I was apprehensive. I'm glad those were the results. I’m glad for all the support in the town of Willsboro."

He said he believes Sayward ran an effective campaign.

“Wendy Sayward fought a good fight," Gillilland said. "I give her credit for exercising her right to take part in the political process.”

Gillilland is currently the chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors.


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