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Skaneateles Party candidates hold big leads in supervisor, councilor races

Election technically too close to call with absentee ballots yet to be counted

After the results came in at the end of Election Day last week, the Skaneateles Party candidates appeared to have won a sweep in the Skaneateles town supervisor and councilor races.

Though the races are technically too close to call with absentee ballots yet to be counted, Mary Sennett leads the race for supervisor over Jim Greenfield by 63 votes, according to the Onondaga County Board of Elections website as well as numbers reported from the three Skaneateles polling places Tuesday night.

Sennett received 1,237 votes to Greenfield’s 1,174.

In the race for town councilor Skaneateles Party candidates Connie Brace and Claire Robinson Howard have even more substantial leads over incumbent Republicans Steve McGlynn and Rick Keyes.

Brace received 1,270 votes, Robinson Howard 1,239, McGlynn 1,141 and Keyes 1,075.

Though the Skaneateles Party supporters celebrated a victory at the Bluewater Grill, the Republicans at the Sherwood Inn were not ready to concede the defeat until the absentee ballots have been counted and the results of the election are certified by the board of elections.

The county received 177 requests for absentee ballots from Skaneateles voters and it will still accept the ballots as long as they were postmarked on Election Day or earlier.

There could also be additional votes added in from affidavit ballots from people who could not verify their residence on Election Day.

The board of elections will tally the absentee ballots on Thursday, Nov. 14 and certify the results of the elections shortly after.

Sennett and Brace, who along with Robinson Howard are all registered Democrats and ran with the Democratic Party endorsement, said they were moved and excited by the great support they saw.

“I can’t believe it, it’s just overwhelming. To me this just speaks to the community that everybody’s ready […] let’s work together and be a community,” Sennett said.

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