PLATTSBURGH — Results from the June 25 primary election in Clinton County are still in limbo.

At issue are the results from a Town of Beekmantown Independence Party Town Council race where two votes are being contested.

TWO VOTES

The primary featured all write-in votes, and the top two would gain lines on the Independence Party ballot.

Sharron Garden, an incumbent, got the most write-ins with 19. Garden will also be on the Democratic Party line in the November election.

Terry Sears, an incumbent who is also on the Republican Party ticket, and Dave Bezio, a Democratic Party challenger, also received votes.

Sears got 10 and Bezio also got 10, but two other votes were scrutinized.

BEZIO NAME

Two votes read Jeff Bezio, and Clinton County Board of Elections Commissioners Mary Dyer, a Democrat, and Greg Campbell, a Republican, disagreed as to whether those votes should be counted for Dave Bezio.

Both agreed to count them at first, but Campbell changed his mind later after conferring with Republican Party attorneys in Albany.

Dyer maintained that the votes should be counted based on voter intent, and she noted that votes have been counted in the past under similar circumstances.

Campbell said Jeff Bezio clearly is not Dave Bezio and therefore the votes should not count.

NO RUSH

Dyer said Campbell should have raised his concerns while they were counting the ballots on July 2 and not later.

"He could have asked that the counting be tabled and stopped, but he didn't," she said.

The commissioners were supposed to certify the results of all the county primary results on Monday, but that did not happen.

Dyer said she is out of the office on vacation this week and will not be certifying any results until the matter is addressed.

"There is no rush to do this, and nothing will be happening this week," she said.

THE OTHER RACES

If the matter is not resolved and the tally for Bezio and Sears remains at 10 votes each, the county will file a failure-to-elect notice with the state.

The state Independence Party will then choose a winner or leave the line vacant, Dyer said.

Campbell said he is considering filing a suit against Dyer for dereliction of duty for at least not certifying the results of all the other races that were not contested.

"There is no reason for not certifying the other races," he said.

"They have nothing to do with this whatsoever."

Dyer said it is likely that the other races will be certified well in time for the November election.

"There's plenty of time," she said.

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Staff Writer at Press-Republican since November of 1985. Has covered just about all beats at the paper, including sports.Currently covers government and politics. Graduated from Plattsburgh State in 1985. Originally from Rochester, NY.

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