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Former Dunkirk Mayor Madylon Kubera picked up another write-in vote for the Republican nomination for mayor, Chautauqua County Republican Election Commissioner Terry Niebel said Thursday.

The Board of Elections counted the absentee ballots for the primary election after the required week had elapsed to allow for all mail ballots to be received.

Kubera had 36 write-in votes when the voting machine rolls were examined last week. Thomas Kubera had 35 write-in votes. He is the brother of Ms. Kubera's former husband.

Kubera will be notified by mail that she is certified to be the Republican candidate, Niebel said Thursday. She will have five days after the postmark on the envelope to accept or decline the nomination.

Kubera, the first woman to be elected mayor of Dunkirk, served from Jan. 1, 1988, through Dec. 31, 1989. She served on the Board of Education from 1974 to 1979 and was president in 1977-79.

Kubera had said she is running for mayor to "change some things." She is not running against "Mayor (Robert) Kesicki as a person" but only because of differences in philosophy. She did not give any details. Kesicki, a Democrat, is seeking his second term.

Niebel said the absentee ballots did not change the results of any of the races as shown on the machine vote.

"Only the numbers are different," he said.

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