FULTON & MONTGOMERY COUNTIES — Political newcomer Thomas D. Herr more than doubled the vote count of his opponent, 1st Ward Councilman Bradley Hayner, in Tuesday’s Republican Party primary for city of Johnstown treasurer, beating him 190 to 80.
Herr, who has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from SUNY Plattsburgh, said he had no support from the city Republican Party committee or the Fulton County Republican Party during his campaign. He said he also did not have the endorsement of any of the city’s public employee unions.
“Nobody ever reached out to me,” he said.
Herr said he knows the Johnstown treasurer’s office has been the center of controversy over the past year, having been admonished by the New York State Comptroller for not filing required financial documents on time for the last several years, among other criticisms.
Having defeated Hayner, Herr will be the only candidate for the position listed on the ballot during the general election in November.
“With Mike Gifford retiring, some people approached me, my neighbors [including Karen Sagan] and told me I would be a good candidate, and I thought about it, and I wanted to give back to the community,” Herr said. “I’m ready to deal with [the recent controversies in the treasurer’s office] and get everything filed.”
In Fulton County’s only county-wide Republican Primary Tuesday Heather A. Scribner won the unofficial vote count for Fulton County treasurer against Cindy L. Albertine by a vote count of 1,061 to 611.
In the Gloversville councilman-at-large GOP primary, political newcomer Wayne A. Peters won the unofficial vote count with 178 votes; 2nd Ward Councilman Arthur Simonds received 131 votes.
Both Simonds and Peters have filed to run on independent party lines — Simonds on the Gloversville Party line and Peters on the Back the Red & Blue party line — which means a second bout between the candidates was inevitable.
Simonds said he believes the relatively low voter turnout favored his opponent.
“I never had a good feel for this one,” Simonds said. “I don’t think there were many people out tonight voting, a lot of people are waiting for the general election. We’re going to meet again, which I’m looking forward to because I have a lot of support among independents and some Democrats.”
In the Town of Broadalbin former Gloversville finance commissioner Bruce Van Genderen walloped Sean M. Focht, 198 to 15, in the unofficial results. Barring some major change in the official count, Van Genderen will now be the only name on the ballot for that office in November.
Republican Michael Dayian defeated Democrat Bethany Schumann McGhee, 82-38, in the unofficial results of the Conservative Party primary for Montgomery County family court judge. The result sets up a November contest between the two candidates, with Dayian having the GOP and Conservative lines against Schumann McGhee on the Democratic Party line.
“My opponent was the endorsed candidate of the Conservative Party, so the results tonight were not unexpected,” Schumann McGhee said Tuesday night. “We will both be on the ballot in the general election in November.”
In the town of Amsterdam, two Conservative Party lines were up for grabs in the Conservative Party primary Tuesday, and both went to Republicans, with incumbent Republican council member and current deputy supervisor David Thibodeau receiving the most votes in the unofficial count with 15 and Republican newcomer Brent Phetteplace getting the second most at 12. Incumbent Democratic council member Deborah Tessiero received 8 votes in the unofficial count.
In the town of Mohawk, the unofficial count shows a rare tie-vote in the Republican Party primary for Mohawk highway superintendent with William D. Holvig and Anthony R. Bruno Jr. both receiving 89 votes. County election officials did not respond Tuesday night to questions regarding whether there are enough absentee ballots in play to break the tie.
The Montgomery County Board of Elections will count absentee ballots on June 29 at 10 a.m. at the board’s office in Fonda.
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