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COTTON WINS GOP PRIMARY, IS UNOPPOSED FOR SUPERVISOR

Aurora Town Supervisor Thomas Cotton will be running unopposed for his second term in November's election.

Running without Republican Party backing against Peggy Cooke, Cotton won the primary, 1,011-753, according to unofficial results. In the Independence primary, Cotton won, 33-22.

"I guess there isn't a lot of joy in anybody's victory tonight with what is going on in the country, but I am pleased with the number of people that supported me," said Cotton.

Cotton also has the Democratic and Conservative endorsements.

Cooke, who is the town's parks and recreation director, said, "I am disappointed, but I hope I can work on the things I had planned at work." She had plans for consolidating government services and making the community more pedestrian-friendly. She said she has no plans for running for any future elected positions.

Five people sought the GOP line, and three vied for the Independence line for two four-year terms as councilman on the Town Board. Top vote-getters for the Republican line were incumbent Norman Suttell, 978, and Dwight Krieger, 966.

In the Independence primary, Suttell received 45 votes and Krieger 28.

Millard Irving, who has sat on the board for 32 years, ranked fourth in the Republican primary with 382 votes, prompting him to drop out of November's election.

"Thirty-two years is enough time," Irving said, adding that he probably will not run for another Town Board seat.

Jerry Paradise received 635 votes in the GOP primary and 26 in the Independence primary. He will still run in November on the Democratic line.

George Roetzer Jr. received 350 votes in the GOP primary.

In the primary race for town justice, four-year incumbent George Hezel swept all four lines from his challenger, Kevin Walsh. On the GOP line, Hezel received 991 votes to Walsh's 648; on the Democratic line, he won 402-217. He also earned the Independence and Conservative lines.

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