There were a few surprises in this year's local elections, particularly in Cicero's town and county races. Below find the unofficial results of the local elections, as provided by the Onondaga County Board of Elections. Please bear in mind that these results are unofficial. They do not include absentee ballots. In the event of a close vote, recounts are likely. More official results will be available in the Nov. 11 edition of the Star-Review.
County Legislature -- Second District
With 95 percent of districts reporting, Republican John Dougherty defeated Democrat Donna Marsh-O'Connor by a vote of 1,961 to 1,506. Also on the ballot was David Stewart, who was listed as the Conservative Party candidate despite losing the Republican primary to Dougherty. Despite encouraging his supporters to vote for Dougherty, Stewart received 278 votes.
The Second District has not elected a Democratic county legislator since 1981 when Caryl Frawley defeated Bernie Kraft. Kraft won the seat in the next 13 elections before stepping down this year; he passed away in July.
County Legislature -- Third District
In a tight race, Republican incumbent Bill Meyer narrowly defeated Democratic challenger Edward Szczesniak. Szczesniak led in the polls for much of the night, but Meyer pulled ahead with 78 percent of districts reporting. Once the final votes were tallied, Meyer had 2,839 votes to Szczesniak's 2,722, winning by just 117 votes.
County Legislature -- Fourth District
After a nasty campaign where both sides accused the other of negative tactics, Republican challenger Judy Tassone defeated Democrat Dave Stott, receiving 2,214 votes to Stott's 2,076.
County Legislature -- Fifth District
Incumbent Kathleen Rapp, the Republican candidate, defeated challenger T. Ann Howe, a Democrat, for the seat. Howe did not campaign for the position but still garnered 1,512 votes to Rapp's 2,246.
County Legislature -- 14th District