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2019 Harlem Valley Election Results

From early in the morning until late into the evening, voters across the Harlem Valley fulfilled their civic duties by casting their ballots for their choice of local and county candidates running in this year’s election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The Dutchess County Board of Elections posted the unofficial results of this year’s general election the following day, which can be found online at www.dutchesselections.com.

Dutchess County Executive

Out of a total of 68,123 votes, Marcus Molinaro was re-elected to his third and final term as Dutchess County Executive with 39,871; for this year’s election, he campaigned under the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines. Joseph Ruggiero, who campaigned under the Democratic and Working Families party lines, received a total of 28,235 votes. 

The County Executive term is four years in office.

Dutchess County Legislature - District 19

Following another race for the Dutchess County Legislature, Gregg Pulver was elected to serve another two years as the legislator of the 19th District. Running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party lines, he received 1,798 votes out of a total of 3,373 votes. Dick Hermans campaigned under the Democratic and Working Families party lines and received a total of 1,575 votes.

Dutchess County Legislature - District 25

Calculating a total of 2,476 votes overall, Deirdre Houston was elected to serve two years in the 25th District of the Dutchess County Legislature with 1,432 votes; for this year’s election, she campaigned under the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines. Receiving a total of 1,044 votes, Wendy McCarthy campaigned for the legislature under the Democratic and Working Families party lines.

Dutchess County Clerk

Carrying a term of four years, there were a total of 66,203 votes for this year’s Dutchess County Clerk. Campaigning on the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines, Bradford Kendall received the majority of votes with 36,260 votes, resulting in his re-election into office. Running on the Working Families and Democratic Party lines, Kenya Gadsden, Kendall’s opponent, received a total of 29,936 votes.

North East

Campaigning uncontested under the Democratic party line, Chris Kennan was elected as North East Supervisor with 477 out of 483 votes. Six votes were write-ins. Kennan will now serve a four-year term in office.

Meanwhile, a very close election for North East Town Clerk brought in a total of 733 votes. In a close race, Gail Wheeler received 369 votes while incumbent candidate Lisa Cope received 364 votes. Running under the Democratic party line, Wheeler won and will serve a four-year term in office. For this year’s election, Cope campaigned under the Republican and Friends and Neighbors party lines. When asked whether she planned to contest the results, Cope said she might, though she acknowledged there are a number of absentee ballots that still need to be calculated at this time.

This year’s campaign for the two seats on the North East Town Board welcomed three qualified candidates and a total of 1,228 votes. The winners were Lana Morrison, who received 476 votes and campaigned under the Republican and North East Together party lines; and Rob Cooper, who received 378 votes and campaigned under the same party lines as Morrison. Incumbent Democrat John Midwood received 373 votes, losing his seat on the board. The length of the term on the board is four years in office.

Running uncontested for a six-year term in office, Katherine Johnson received all of the 654 votes for North East Town Assessor; she campaigned under the Democratic and Republican party lines in this year’s election. Also running under the Democratic and Republican party lines, Dennis Johnson ran uncontested for a four-year term as North East Town Justice, receiving all 648 votes.

Amenia

Running uncontested for another term in office, Amenia Supervisor Victoria Perotti received 509 out of the total 535 votes and was re-elected as the town supervisor; she campaigned under the Republican party line for this year’s election. Both campaigning under the Democratic party line for the two seats on the Amenia Town Board, Vicki Doyle and Damian Gutierrez were re-elected to the board with 458 votes and 467 votes, respectively. There were a total of 937 votes, 12 of which were write-in votes.

Campaigning uncontested under the Republican party line, current Amenia Town Justice Norman Moore was re-elected with 546 votes out of 552 votes. Out of those 552 votes, six votes were write-ins.

Both the Amenia Town Board and the town justice serve four years in office, while the town supervisor serves two years in office.

Pine Plains

Running uncontested for another two years as the town’s supervisor, current Pine Plains Supervisor Darrah Cloud was re-elected with 549 out of 585 votes. Out for the 585 votes, 36 votes were identified as write-ins.

Current Town Clerk Judy Harpp was re-elected with a total of 663 votes. There was one additional  write-in vote.

Running for the two open seats on the Pine Plains Town Board, Don Bartles received 552 votes out of the total 1,241 votes while Sarah Jones received 534 votes. Out of a total of 630 votes, Heather Emerich received 619 votes for her campaign for Pine Plains Superintendent of Highways; there were also 11 write-in votes for that position.

Running for the two available positions as Pine Plains Assessor, Richard Diaz received 442 votes out of the total of 861 votes while James Mara received 416 votes; there were three write-in votes for that position.

All of the candidates running for office in Pine Plains were endorsed by both the Republican and Democratic party lines.

Town of Washington

The town justice race saw the following results: incumbent Elizabeth Shequine, running on the Republican and Independence party lines, won with 762 votes. As there were two seats open, incumbent Jeff Fiegelson, also running on the GOP and Independence party lines, won reelection with 608 votes. Newcomer Jeff Giardina, a Democrat, lost the race, having received 540 votes.

For the town clerk race, incumbent Mary Alex, running on the Republican and Independence party lines, won; she had no challengers. She received 875 votes.

Incumbent Highway Supervisor Joseph Spagnola ran on the Republican and Independence party lines. He won reelection with 874 votes. No challenger  opposed him.

Incumbent Town Board member Robert Audia won reelection with 822 votes while incumbent Al DeBonis received 783 votes to return to the board table. There were no challengers for the two open seats. Both candidates ran on the Republican and Independence party lines.