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Major' victory in Skaneateles town elections

More than 3,000 voters turned out on Election Day to cast their votes in the local and national races.

Locally, the town of Skaneateles had a single election for the justice seat.

Those running were incumbent Skaneateles Town Justice Charles Major and opposing candidate Paul Fiutak. According to the Onondaga County Board of Elections, Major came in with 1,956 votes on the Republican line and 234 on the Independent, bringing his vote total to 2,190. Fiutak, the Democratic nominee, came in with 1,287 on the party's line.

Fiutak said, even with the loss, he is "absolutely delighted" with how the election turned out. His delight is primarily due to seeing the voter turn out.

"I believe our first goal was met and that was that we give the voters a choice," Fiutak said. "We feel proud of the fact that we showed a significant part of the Skaneateles voters voicing their opinions."

This election, as far as local candidates are concerned, was easier than other elections, Major said. With just himself and Fiutak running for Skaneateles seats, the candidates weren't in competition or being used as message conduits for other candidates as may have occurred had there been open town board seats as well.

"This one was easier in the sense you don't have to do all the running around," Major said. "It was actually kind of more relaxing because we weren't in the middle of an election here with (members of the) town board running."

Major said that all in all, this election was a different kind of running because there weren't any high energy, confrontational or argumentative debates on local issues. In essence, the candidates did not have any local issues to contend with.

"We don't have big issues to talk about, to disagree on," Major said.

As candidates in opposition, and acquaintances prior to an election, one might question if the Republican and the Democrat could stay friends after the votes were counted. Even with a 903-point difference, the two candidates remain close acquaintances following election season, Fiutak said.

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