SCHENECTADY COUNTY – Omar Sterling McGill has won the Democratic Party line for County Legislature District 1, which covers the city of Schenectady. However, he lost the Working Families Party line for which he was endorsed. His opponent in both the Democratic and Working Families primaries, Brendan Savage, won the Working Families line.
McGill took the Democratic Party line with 621 votes to Savage’s 409 votes.
“I think tonight represents a shift in local politics in Schenectady,” McGill said. “I commend my opponent for the race he won.”
Savage, who was endorsed by the Democratic Party, won the Working Families Party line by garnering 15 votes to McGill’s 7.
Savage could not be reached for comment in time for publication.
The race for the seat has been heated with both campaigns pushing for votes to be Peggy King’s replacement after she decided not to seek re-election.
This is McGill’s second bid for a seat on the Legislature. McGill said he is planning to work hard to gain the backing of Working Family voters for the November election, but it is important to take into account the total number of people who voted in the primaries.
Across county Holly Vellano and Randy Pascarella both won the Conservative Party line, with 255 and 224 votes respectively, in their push for re-election to the county Legislature. They squared off against Josh Cuomo, who received 141 votes in the race for the seat, which represents the towns of Rotterdam, Duanesburg and Princetown.
“The whole slate worked hard,” said Vellano, who campaigned alongside Pascarella for the primaries.
She said she’s excited to continue working for the November election and making sure her constituent’s voices are heard in the meantime on issues surrounding the pandemic and other various items, including economic development. She is seeking her fourth term.
Pascarella was not shocked to win the party line.
“I’m the Conservative so I won,” he said.
He will be seeking his third term. He said he will continue knocking on doors to get voters out to the polls this November.
Josh Cuomo couldn’t be reached for comment in time for publication.