In a surprise victory, Councilman John G. Accardo easily defeated Mayor James C. Galie for the Democratic Party nomination in Niagara Falls.
Accardo and Irene J. Elia won major party nominations Tuesday for mayor.
District Attorney Matthew J. Murphy III captured the Democratic nomination for Niagara County district attorney.
Accardo, Ms. Elia and Murphy were endorsed by their respective political parties, each of them defeating a challenger for the nomination.
Also in Niagara Falls, Councilman Vince Anello, Paul A. Dyster and Frances M. Iusi led the eight-candidate field to win Democratic nominations for the three seats to be filled on the City Council.
Elsewhere in Niagara County, Republicans nominated Mary C. Kabasakalian as their candidate for mayor of North Tonawanda, and Council President Michael W. Tucker for mayor of Lockport.
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Councilman John G. Accardo, the endorsed Democratic candidate for mayor, defeated Mayor James C. Galie in a bitterly fought campaign for the Democratic Party nomination for mayor. Galie is completing his first four-year term as the city's chief executive.
Galie said he was "a bit surprised" by the result, but he conceded defeat gracefully. He said "the people have spoken" in Accardo's strong victory. The vote was 4,655 to 2,658.
Accardo said he believed the results meant that the voters heard his message of cooperation and that they were tired of all of the "bickering and tomfoolery that has been going on in City Hall and that the voters believe that I can make city government work better for them."
On the Republican side, Ms. Elia defeated Councilwoman Barbara A. Geracitano, 2,115 to 830.
In the contest for three Democratic nominations for seats on the City Council, the winners were Paul A. Dyster, with 4,195 votes; incumbent Vince V. Anello, 2,637; and Frances M. Iusi, 2,460.
Unsuccessful candidates for nominations for seats on the Council were incumbent Guy Tom Sottile, 2,155; Lora A. Allen, 1,979; Frank V. Roma, 1,916; John D. Virtuoso, 1,724; and Matthew A. Davis II, 1,297.
Republican candidates for Council seats in the November election will be Joseph R. D'Angelo and Roger Spurback. There is no Republican nominee for the third seat to be filled in this year's general election.
Republican voters chose Mary C. Kabasakalian as their mayoral candidate. She defeated Scott P. Kiedrowski, 681 to 656. Mrs. Kabasakalian will face Mayor Ronald R. Dawson, a Democrat, in the November election.
Council President Michael W. Tucker defeated Mayor Kenneth D. Swan to win the Republican nomination for mayor. The vote was 996 to 796.
Despite his defeat in Tuesday's primary election, Swan will remain on the ballot in the November general election as the candidate of the Liberal and Right to Life parties. The Democratic Party candidate in the November election will be Thomas C. Sullivan, who also is running on the Conservative and Independence Party lines.
Jeremy Hughes defeated Edward E. Sandusky, 817 to 790, to win the Republican nomination for alderman-at-large, a newly created position in Lockport city government. Sandusky will remain on the ballot as the candidate of the Conservative Party. The Democratic and Liberal Party candidate is John T. Pitrello, a former alderman.
In the 3rd Ward, Donald J. Bartholomew defeated his nephew, Joseph C. Bartholomew, 134 to 52, for the Republican nomination for alderman. The Democratic candidate on the November ballot will be Alderman Mark J. Dudkowski.
William J. Watson won the Republican, Democratic, Independence and Conservative Party nominations for City Court judge. David R. Wendt, an appointed part-time judge in City Court, won the Liberal Party nomination, and Judge Betsy Glaser Hurley, the incumbent, won the Right to Life Party nomination.
The results are:
Republican: Watson, 864; Hurley, 569; Wendt, 372.
Democratic: Watson, 410; Wendt, 317; Hurley, 280.
Independence: Watson, 16; Wendt, 8; Hurley, 6.
Conservative: Watson, 32; Hurley, 17; Wendt, 14.
Liberal: Wendt, 9; Watson, 5; Hurley, 4.
Right to Life: Hurley, 12; Wendt, 1. Watson did not run in the Right to Life Party primary.
District Attorney Matthew J. Murphy III defeated challenger Andrew A. Ligammari, 6,336 to 5,291, to win the Democratic nomination for re-election.
The result means that Murphy will be unopposed in the general election. His name will appear on the Conservative, Independence and Liberal Party lines in addition to the Democratic line. There is no Republican candidate for district attorney in this year's election.
Legislator Renae Kimble defeated her challenger, Cynthia L. Saunders, 670 to 508, for the Democratic nomination for re-election to the 2nd District seat, representing part of the City of Niagara Falls.
Also in Niagara Falls, Legislator Dennis F. Virtuoso trounced Nicholas Ligammari Jr. for the Democratic nod for the 4th District seat. The vote was 927 to 582.
In the 8th District, serving Wheatfield, former Legislator William L. Ross won the Republican, Liberal and Right to Life Party nominations. He defeated David C. Sharpe in the Republican and Right to Life primaries, and Charles J. Naughton in the Liberal Party race. Naughton is the Democratic candidate on the November ballot.
The results were:
Republican: Ross, 614; Sharpe, 275.
Liberal: Ross, 20; Naughton, 12.
Right to Life: Ross, 23; Sharpe, 7.
In the 11th District, encompassing part of North Tonawanda, Legislator Malcolm A. Needler defeated Teresa A. Gibson, 309-259, for the Republican nomination. Mrs. Gibson is the Democratic Party nominee.
Sandra J. Maslen defeated Paulette A. Glasgow, 832 to 726, for the Republican nomination for supervisor.
Town Justices Thomas J. Sheeran and Damon A. DeCastro won the Democratic, Independence and Liberal Party nominations to succeed themselves. Sheeran and a third candidate, Hugh C. Gee Sr., won the Republican and Conservative Party nominations.
The results were:
Republican: Sheeran, 1,025; Gee, 881; DeCastro, 871.
Democratic: Sheeran, 670; DeCastro, 578; Gee, 470.
Independence: DeCastro, 19; Sheeran, 15; Gee, 9.
Conservative: Sheeran, 42; Gee, 40; DeCastro, 31.
Liberal: Sheeran, 21; DeCastro, 20; Gee, 14.
With two seats to be filled as councilmen, Harrison L. Coppock and Daniel F. Kilmer won Republican nomination, and incumbents John D. Ceretto and Michael A. Johnson won the Liberal Party nominations.
The results were:
8 Republican: Coppock, 796; Kilmer, 789; Bruce A. Sanborn, 579; Jared T. Beggs, 535.
Liberal: Ceretto, 19; Johnson, 15; Coppock, 10.
For superintendent of highways, Steven Reiter beat out the incumbent, Milo E. Quarantillo for the GOP nomination, 588-570. A third candidate, Andrew R. Mess, polled 503 votes.
Town of Lockport
Supervisor J. O. Thompson thumped Thomas C. Anderson to win the Republican nomination for supervisor, 613 to 250. Anderson is the Democratic candidate.
For councilmen, incumbent Karen S. Castle and David H. Knight captured the two Republican nominations. John F. Collins Jr. ran third.
The vote was Knight, 534; Mrs. Castle, 524; Collins, 446.
With three candidates seeking the two nominations of the Conservative Party for seats on the Town Board, there was only one clear winner. The other two candidates were tied with 8 votes apiece.
The results were:
Councilman James H. Wendler, 10; Councilman James W. Kramer Sr., 8; Christopher M. Srock, 8.
Town of Niagara
Wallace W. Blake Jr. received 138 votes and Danny W. Sklarski 128 to win Republican nominations for the two seats to be filled on the Town Board. Both are incumbents. The third candidate for the GOP nomination, Christopher S. Carr, received 51 votes.
Town Justice Lee F. Klein won Republican, Democratic, Independence and Conservative Party nominations to succeed himself.
For the second seat to be filled in Town Court, Edmund P. Maziarz won the Republican nomination, and Teresa A. McEvoy won the Democratic and Conservative nods.
Votes on the Republican line were: Klein, 220; Maziarz, 131; and McEvoy, 114.
Democratic results were: Klein, 172; McEvoy, 148; and Maziarz, 84.
Independence: Klein, 5; Maziarz, 0; McEvoy, 0.
Conservative: Klein, 23; McEvoy, 20; Maziarz, 17.
For highway superintendent, Steven A. Baker won the Democratic nomination. The results were: Baker, 80; Paul A. Moje, 67; James E. Schlemmer, 55; Perry J. Bair, 28.
Councilman Robert Stahl and Chad D. McHenry won Republican nominations for the two Town Board seats.
The results were: McHenry, 464; Stahl, 436; Edward J. Wojtkowski Jr., 378; Roger H. Winner, 191.
For superintendent of highways, Terry Nieman ousted the incumbent, James C. Bugenhagen, for the Republican nomination. The vote was 467 to 394.
Supervisor Timothy E. Demler, a Republican, defeated Donald G. Hobel, 27-4, to win the Right to Life Party nomination for supervisor.
In the campaign for town justice, incumbent Robert B. Cliffe won the Conservative, Liberal and Right to Life Party nominations. Nancy J. Sheehan won the Democratic nomination.
The vote was:
Democratic: Sheehan, 305; Cliffe, 210.
Conservative: Cliffe, 62; Sheehan, 20.
Liberal: Cliffe, 20; Sheehan, 11.
Right to Life: Cliffe, 24; Sheehan, 6.
In the contest for two nominations for councilmen, incumbent Larry L. Helwig and Gilbert Doucet won the Republican and Right to Life Party nominations.
The vote was:
Republican: Helwig, 704; Doucet, 467; Douglas A. Coon, 380.
Right to Life: Helwig, 27; Doucet, 21; Coon, 14.
County Legislator Arthur F. Kroening won the Republican Party nomination for highway superintendent. He defeated Howard J. Brubaker, 739-168.
Village Mayor Jerry L. Dean, who is the Democratic candidate for town supervisor, nosed out Supervisor Marilynn R. Allgeier by just four votes for the Republican nomination for supervisor, according to complete but unofficial returns. The tally stood at 333 to 329, but a recount will be taken before the result is made official.
Coroner Steven A. Gerhardt won the Democratic nomination for re-election, defeating JoAnne Williams, 1,064 to 650.
Mrs. Williams is the Republican candidate for the post in the November election.
Their district serves Lewiston, Porter, Newfane, Wilson, Cambria and the Town of Niagara.
(Joann Scelsa of The News Niagara County Bureau contributed to this report.)