Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — ROYALTON — Laura A. Wagner was not claiming victory in her bid to become a Town Justice, but three reliable sources gave her a 362-vote victory over James G. Budde on Tuesday.
Wagner, 35, had poll watchers in all four polling places, Terry’s Corners Fire Co., Gasport Fire Co., Middleport Fire Co. and Wolcottsville. When the results were printed, the poll watchers added them up and gave Wagner 1,505 votes and Budde 1,143 votes.
The poll watchers included her mother and father, Patrick and Noreen Kelley; her sister, Christine Bingham and herself. Wagner was the poll watcher in Wolcottsville.
“I’m waiting for something official, on line or on television,” she said while she waited for results with her family. “There can be a lot of human error. I want to make sure it’s accurate.”
The unofficial results provided by the Niagara County Board of Elections gave Wagner 1,511 votes and Budde 1,143 votes with all six districts reporting. Deborah A. Carpenter, a former justice from Middleport, got 256 votes.
A lawyer, Wagner works for the Niagara County Department of Social Services. She lives on Hollenbeck Road.
Wagner won the Republican primary by two votes after a count of absentee ballots. Wagner and Budde had been tied at 179 votes each on primary day on Sept. 13. The first-time candidate also won the Working Families and Green Party primaries.
Budde was on the Democrat and Conservative lines. Carpenter had the Independence endorsement.
Wagner will fill the position left vacant by Town Justice Margaret M. Raduns who died on