PLATTSBURGH — Early results point to a Republican victory in the Clinton County coroner race.

The Clinton County Board of Elections website’s unofficial results listed Republican candidate Chad Deans at 6,429 votes to Democratic candidate Travis Nelson’s 6,102.

“It’ll probably be (Nov. 19) or so before we know for sure,” Deans said, referring to the over 600 absentee votes that both candidates said still need to be counted. “I’m pleased with the numbers that have come in.”

Deans is a veteran of the funeral home business, with over 20 years of experience as a funeral director while Nelson is a respiratory therapist at the University of Vermont Health Network Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital with experience in dealing with trauma situations there.

Deans hails from the Northern Tier and he ran strong in those districts.

Nelson is from Cadyville in the central and western portion of the county.

“It was a great experience,” Nelson said. “My team really worked hard. My whole point for this was change, change that was definitely needed. Either way, whether I win or lose, there’s going to be change.”

And if things wind up falling the Republicans’ way, Deans said he’s ready to get to work for the people of Clinton County.

“Thanks all my supporters; I could not have done it without all the help,” Deans said. “It was a county-wide effort.”

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