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September 10, 2013

Mongielo wins Conservative nod

BY JOE OLENICK
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal —

David J. Mongielo will be on the November ballot for Lockport Town Supervisor, after winning Tuesday's Conservative primary over incumbent Supervisor Marc R. Smith.

According to unofficial results from the Niagara County Board of Elections, Mongielo edged Smith by a 37-21 vote with seven absentee ballots outstanding. The two will meet again in November, as Smith has the Republican line. Democrats did not field a candidate.

It's the second general election between the two, as Smith defeated Mongielo in the 2009 supervisor election. Smith was re-elected unopposed in 2011.

Even though Smith was the endorsed candidate, Mongielo called himself a true Conservative, which is what he thought drew Conservative voters to pick him. A former Republican, Mongielo said he switched from the GOP after his time on the town Republican committee.

While happy with Tuesday's result, Mongielo said he knew the general election will be tough with so many more voters to reach.

"I'm going to keep working for positive change," Mongielo said. 

Mongielo said he was disappointed with the voter turnout. The Conservative turnout was sparse, as there are 333 registered voters in the Town of Lockport.

Two members will be returning to the Town Board. Incumbents Mark C. Crocker and Patricia Dufour took both Republican lines in Tuesday's primary, beating first-time candidate Paul R. Black. Crocker finished with 521 votes, followed by Dufour with 487 votes and Black with 228 votes.

Crocker and Dufour campaigned together, highlighting the accomplishments of the Town Board. Crocker said he believed Republican voters saw that both had a plan to maintain the town's financial success.

"We know how to get the job done," Crocker said.

"I am humbled by the support of voters," Dufour, who was appointed to the Town Board in January, said. "I promise to do the best job I can."

But the Town Board will lose one member. Councilwoman Cheryl A. Antkowiak took all three lines in the town justice race, winning Republican, Democrat and Working Families lines over John J. Ben. Antkowiak, a Republican, won the GOP contest 450-200, the Democrat primary 121-68 and the Working Families election 6-3.

With no general election opponent, Antkowiak will replace the retiring Justice Raymond Schilling. Working for the courts is something Antkowiak has wanted to do for some time.

"I'm very excited, just elated," she said. "It was a lot of hard work, but it was worth it."

Antkowiak said she spent a lot of time speaking with residents. It was her 20 years working in the community, mostly as a member of the recreation committee and as a Town Board member, that drew voters her way, Antkowiak said.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.