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September 11, 2013

Mongielo wins Conservative nod

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.

City of Lockport, 5th Ward

A clear winner didn't emerge Tuesday night in the Republican primary contest between incumbent Alderman Kenneth M. Genewick and his challenger, Phyllis J. Green. The vote count, 120 for Genewick and 99 for Green, is not decisive because there are up to 27 absentee ballots to be counted.

To take the GOP ballot line in the general election, Green would have to get at least 25 absentee votes from fellow Republicans.

Genewick said late Tuesday that he's "confident" he'll emerge the primary winner. "We're on to the general (election) now," he added.

Green already has the Democratic ballot line in the November election, while Genewick has the Conservative and Independence lines.

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