The candidates for Aurora Town Board endorsed by the Republican Committee before the last month’s primary have abandoned their campaign, now that their Republican opponents won the primary.
Still, all candidates will appear at least on minor party lines on the November ballot.
“The voters spoke on primary day and that’s pretty much the end of it,” said Earl Jann, chairman of the Republican Committee.
The heated summer campaign – featuring flyers that took digs at the incumbents’ record on bridges in need of repair and failure to refinance water bonds – has dissipated.
Another seat will come open after James Bach, currently a board member, becomes town supervisor in January. Bach has been running uncontested for the post now held by Jolene Jeffe. The board will make an appointment to the seat Bach will vacate before next year’s election season.
In the meantime, Jeffe and Susan Friess beat the Republican Committee-endorsed challengers, Christopher Lane and David Majka, for two seats on the council: Jeffe and Friess had 552 and 531 votes respectively to the 359 votes for Lane and 342 for Majka.
Also on the November ballot will be Town Clerk Martha Librock, endorsed by the Republican Committee, who beat challenger Colleen Siener in the primary, 625 to 288.
Siener, who will be on the Democrat and Working Family lines, doesn’t know yet if she will resume her campaign.
“I haven’t decided if I’m going to gear up and start getting out there again,” she said.
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