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Kersten elected Hillsdale supervisor

HILLSDALE — The votes came rolling in as registered voters in the town of Hillsdale cast their ballots on Tuesday, Nov. 3, and the days and weeks leading up to Election Day.

This year’s election had one race, for town supervisor, with two candidates — both of whom have played an active role in the Hillsdale community — running for the three-year term position. The open seat was created when former town Supervisor Peter Cipkowski resigned this past summer to join his husband, who has been living and working in Hollywood, Calif. 

Christian Kersten, a former Hillsdale town justice and former councilman on the Hillsdale Town Board, campaigned under the Democratic Party line, while his opponent, Hillsdale Councilwoman Robina Ward, ran under the Hillsdale United Party line.

The polls were open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hillsdale firehouse. Voters also had the option of voting early at the Columbia County Office building, located in Hudson, from Saturday, Oct. 24, through Sunday, Nov. 1.

As of 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, Kersten received a total of 705 votes (or 61.6% of the total votes) while Ward received 439 votes (or 38.4% of the total votes), according to the Columbia County Board of Elections (BOE). The BOE added the unofficial election results reflect a count that is approximately 98% complete and the numbers include all early voting, all Election Day voting and all absentee ballots counted as of Tuesday, Nov. 10. The numbers don’t include affidavit ballots and the small number of remaining absentee ballots.

Kersten was previously made interim town supervisor until the end of the year, a move approved by all four Town Board members, as the town only had a deputy supervisor since the end of July, when Cipkowski resigned. Kersten’s new term as town supervisor will begin on Friday, Jan. 1.

In a statement posted recently via Facebook, Kersten said he was honored to have been elected town supervisor and marveled at the record number of residents who voted. With more than 1,100 ballots cast, Kersten described it as a demonstration of the community’s vitality and involvement. Offering his congratulations to Ward on a spirited campaign, he remarked that he’s looking forward to collaborating with her in the years ahead.

“The people have now spoken,” Kersten stated online, “and it’s time for all of us to come together in the service of the town we love. A strong, united leadership effort will surely lead to significant progress. The voters expect no less.”

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