Lockport Union-Sun & Journal —
Pendleton town council
Eileen Czarnecki and Ed Harman, incumbent councilman, staved off a challenge from fellow registered Democrat Aimee Jarvis in a three-way race for two Democratic ballot lines in November. Czarnecki led the pack with 135 votes. Harman received 116 votes and Jarvis, who's also running on the Republican line in the November election, received 101 votes. With only 12 absentee ballots outstanding, this party fight has been settled.
Harman, who sent a pre-primary election letter to Democrats in town referencing attempted Republican infiltration of the local party, said he's grateful for the election results. "I'm really glad it turned out that way. I would have been really disappointed if the Democrats lost an endorsed candidate" to infiltration.
On the other hand, GOP-led write-in campaigns to wrest the Working Families ballot line from the Czarnecki-Harman team and Democratic town Supervisor James Riester in the general election appear to have succeeded. According to the county Board of Elections' unofficial polling results, Czarnecki received 1 vote, Harman received 2 votes and unnamed others received a total of 12 write-in votes.
In the supervisor's race, Riester received 3 votes and unnamed others received 6 write-in votes. Write-in candidates are not disclosed by the Board of Elections on election night.
By a 40-4 vote margin, incumbent town highway superintendent Jeff Stowell staved off a challenge from fellow Conservative party member Aaron Bair, keeping that ballot line in the November election. Bair goes into the election with the Democratic line while Stowell also has the GOP and Independence lines.
Newfane town council
It appears the incumbent in a three-way race for two GOP ballot lines to fill two council seats, Robert A. Pettit, lost the party fight to newcomers Rick Coleman and Susan L. Neidlinger. Coleman received 296 votes, Neidlinger received 272 votes and Pettit got 161 votes. Only 56 absentee ballots were issued, according to the Board of Elections, meaning there's no way for Pettit to catch up.