This morning, the Register-Star reported on the primary races: "Hudson, Hillsdale primaries too close to call." Oddly, they chose to accompany the article with a picture of Heather Campbell, whose 368 to 181 victory over challenger Michael Hofmann is secure. There is no way the absentee ballots could change the outcome: 163 absentee ballots were issued in Hudson, and as of Wednesday 110 were returned. Hofmann, however, was cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party, so his name will appear on that line on the ballot in November.
The race for supervisor in the Second Ward seems equally determined by Tuesday's results, with incumbent Abdus Miah receiving 120 votes and challenger Tiffany Garriga receiving 30. Ninety-six absentee ballots were issued to Second Ward voters, and as of Wednesday 83 had been returned--not enough to change the outcome. Like Hofmann, Garriga has been cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party, so her name will appear on that line on the ballot in November.
The absentee ballots could change the outcome in the race for Second Ward alderman. On Tuesday night, incumbent Dewan Sarowar led with 107 votes, followed by Mohammed Rony with 83 and Willette Jones with 45. Ninety-six absentee ballots were issued to voters in the Second Ward, and as of Wednesday 83 had been returned. No matter what the outcome, Sarowar will remain on the ballot in November, since he was cross-endorsed by the Conservative Party. There is also a Republican candidate running for alderman in the Second Ward: Lee Bradshaw.
The tightest race, however, is for alderman in the Fifth Ward. On Tuesday night, Vicky Daskaloudi led with 73 votes, and Mark Bodnar trailed with 29 votes, but the real contest was between incumbent Dominic Merante and Rebecca Borrer, who ended the day with 51 and 50 votes respectively.
Fifteen absentee ballots were issued to voters in the Fifth Ward, and as of Wednesday nine have been returned. The absentee ballots will decide who--Merante or Borrer--will be on the Democratic line in November with Daskaloudi. Whatever the outcome, both Merante and Borrer will appear in the ballot in November. Merante was cross-endorsed by the Conservative Party and has his own "home-grown party" line, called People First. Borrer has been cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party.
Absentee ballots had to be postmarked by June 22 and must be received at the Board of Elections by June 29. The counting of absentee ballots will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30.
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