Efforts to get elected to the school board, the Johnstown Common Council and even college offices turned out badly for Scott Jeffers, but determination paid off Tuesday in his quest to lead the city of Johnstown as its next mayor.
“It’s always a surprise,” Jeffers said of the results from Tuesday’s Republican primary.
Unofficial results from the Fulton County Board of Elections put Jeffers ahead of opponents Helen Martin and Larry Razzano, but as many as 122 absentee ballots remain to be counted.
Both Jeffers and incumbent Gloversville Mayor Dayton King were pleased with victory after unofficial results were announced. King lost the backing of the city’s Republicans, who endorsed Michael A. Ponticello, but Ponticello came in second in the vote count, according to unofficial results.
A total of 161 absentee ballots remain to be counted in the Republican mayoral primary, and King takes that seriously because he lost the Republican line in the last election because of absentee ballots.
King said he believes the city’s Republican leadership doesn’t share the sentiments of the city’s Republican voters as a whole and credits his open attitude for Tuesday’s vote count.
“What we had, I think, was the community coming together,” King said.
Voters went to the polls Tuesday for a variety of primary races in Fulton County. Unofficial results reported by the Fulton County Board of Elections are as follows:
• Gloversville mayor Republican primary: Dayton J. King 435, Michael A. Ponticello 372, James E. Handy 133
• Gloversville mayor Conservative primary: Dayton J. King 19, James E. Handy 6
• Johnstown mayor Republican primary: Scott Jeffers 292, Helen J. Martin 231, Larry Razzano 131
• Broadalbin town supervisor Republican primary: Thomas Christopher 280, Joseph C. DiGiacomo 165
• Broadalbin Town Board Republican primary (two seats): Larry Ruzycky 266, Tina Winney 192, Kimberly A. Verrego 181, Drew C. Thompson 158
• Caroga Town Board Republican primary: Anthony J. Sturchio 126, John L. Glenn 88, Tara L. Kaczor 76, Anthony Russitano 75
• Johnstown Town Board Republican primary (two seats): Clarinda L. Bellen 117, Walter T. Lane 111, James Westover 106
• Mayfield Town Board Republican primary (two seats): Vince Coletti 119, Steven D. VanAllen 118, Jack E. Putman 82
• Northampton town supervisor Republican primary: James K. Groff 211, Linda Kemper 92
• Northampton town supervisor Conservative primary: James K. Groff 11, Linda Kemper 3
• Northampton Town Board Republican primary (two seats): Darryl L. Roosa 232, Art Simmons 184, Guy Poulin 108
• Oppenheim town supervisor Republican primary: George E. Capek 51, Walter H. Rumrill Jr. 34
• Oppenheim town highway superintendent Republican primary: Richard L. Crum Jr. 58, Leo Miller 29
• Perth town highway superintendent Democratic primary: David D. Dopp 130, Stanley A. Korona Jr. 45