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ABSENTEE BALLOTS ARE A FACTOR IN TWO RACES

Absentee ballots may decide one Republican candidate for Town Board in Ripley and one in Chautauqua.

In Dunkirk, City Judge Walter Drag apparently won two of the three minor-party lines, with absentee ballots not yet counted. And in Jamestown, former Mayor Richard A. Kimball Jr. was defeated in his attempt to run on the Republican line for the Fourth Ward Council seat.

The complete, unofficial primary results follow:

DUNKIRK: Incumbent Second Ward Councilman James Muscato had 411 votes to win the Democratic line against challenger Anthony J. Dolce, who had 397 votes.

In the City Court judge primary, John P. Gullo won the Independence Party line with 31 votes, while incumbent Walter Drag had 12 votes. Drag took the Conservative Party line, 30-23, and the Right to Life line, 8-7.

JAMESTOWN: Incumbent Mary Lou Edwards won the Republican line for the Fourth Ward Council position by defeating former Mayor Richard A. Kimball Jr., 145-129.

CHARLOTTE: Incumbent Councilwoman Marci J. Hadley had 85 votes and Harold A. Smith had 74 votes to take two positions on the Republican ballot. David A. Higgs had 61 votes.

CHAUTAUQUA: Incumbent Councilman William R. Burnette had 275 votes, Leroy W. Parker had 244 votes, and incumbent John R. Carlson had 243 in their battle for two GOP lines. Twenty-one absentee ballots were received.

In the town justice race for the Independence Party line, Incumbent David J. Narducci had 9 votes and incumbent Michael J. Bolender had 8 votes for the two positions for that office. Patrick L. Lucariello had 6 votes and Diane L. Seaton had 5 votes.

ELLICOTT: In the Ward 1 Council race, Thomas P. Geisler had 127 votes for the Republican line, while incumbent Allen D. Hendrickson had 85 votes for that line. In Ward 2, incumbent Brian J. Taylor won the Republican line with 83 votes, while challenger George E. Holton had 56.

MINA: Joan R. Himelein won the Republican line for town clerk with 68 votes. Lori A. Mason had 61 votes, and Mary Roache had 16.

NORTH HARMONY: Incumbent Highway Superintendent Stephen H. Fardink will be the Republican candidate with 149 votes, besting challenger Michael V. Gleason, who had 70 votes.

RIPLEY: Incumbent Councilman Alan D. Waters had 75 votes and will be on the Democratic line for re-election. Donald L. Spellman had 57 votes, Rosalind R. Heinert had 56 votes, and Douglas Bowen had 50 votes. Three absentee ballots were received for this race.

STOCKTON: Thomas Zanghi will have the Conservative Party line as a candidate for town justice, as he received 10 votes, while incumbent Otis Barber received 7 votes and Bryan Meder had 5.

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