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Michalenko wins in DeWitt

Ed Michalenko checks the results of the DeWitt election on campaign volunteer Eric Misiaszek’s smart phone. Michalenko defeated Art Diamond to retain the DeWitt supervisor position.

Ed Michalenko checks the results of the DeWitt election on campaign volunteer Eric Misiaszek’s smart phone. Michalenko defeated Art Diamond to retain the DeWitt supervisor position. David Tyler

Vote totals:

Supervisor

D, WF Ed Michalenko - 3,299

R, C, I Art Diamond – 2,108

DeWitt town board

D, C Kerry Mannion – 3,495

D, C, WF Jack Dooling – 3,090

R, I, C Ken Andrews – 2,756

D Sam Young – 2,489

R, I Scott Whipple – 1,792

R, I Tracy Gillen – 1,645

DeWitt Highway Superintendent

R, I, C Rocco Conte – 2,738

D Joseph Chiarenza Jr. – 2,592

DeWitt Town Clerk

D, C Barbara Klim – 4,468

(unopposed)

DeWitt Town Justice

R, I, C David Gideon – 3,937

(unopposed)

— Fifteen years ago, before popular DeWitt Supervisor Jim Guyette died in office, he recruited Ed Michalenko to run for the DeWitt Town Board. On Tuesday night, Michalenko celebrated his own re-election to the DeWitt supervisor post while wearing a “Re-elect Jim Guyette” t-shirt, the same shirt he has worn each election night since his friend and mentor passed away in 1996.

“It’s my lucky shirt,” Michalenko said at a celebration at Barbagallo’s with about 40 friends and supporters. “I still think about him.”

On Tuesday, Michalenko earned another term as DeWitt supervisor by a margin of 3,299 to 2,108. He credited the hard work of the board and its responsiveness to the issues affecting residents from all corners of DeWitt.

“There was a sense that people felt we were working hard and working on a variety of things that were important to them,” he said of his interaction with residents during the campaign. “We worked on a lot of specific things in specific neighborhoods.”

Michalenko has brought an environmentalist’s perspective to the board since he was first elected. During his tenure, he has worked on issues related to the OCRRA facility, the proposed coal plant in Jamesville, ongoing storm water issues, and a variety of other environmentally-focused endeavors, including the recent installation of solar panels on town hall.

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