A dejected Daniel A. Herberger said Wednesday he has no idea what led to his landslide defeat in Tuesday's primary for the Clarence town supervisor's seat.
The two-term supervisor was handily beaten in the Republican primary Tuesday by the town's tax receiver, Kathleen E. Hallock. There are no Democratic challengers in the race, meaning Tuesday's victory essentially guarantees victory to Hallock in November.
"Well, I don't know what happened," Herberger said. "It's not a good feeling. Nobody likes to lose."
Hallock beat Herberger 1,955-1,033, or 65 percent to 35 percent, on the Republican line, according to unofficial Board of Elections tallies.
Hallock also won the minor-party contests Tuesday night, getting 73 percent of 60 Independence Party votes cast, and all 111 Conservative Party votes.
"I mean, she won big, real big," Herberger said. "I was surprised by how big (the margin) was."
Hallock, 58, said she was ecstatic about her win. She thinks her campaign hit a nerve by focusing on government.
"I think it's a mandate, absolutely a mandate," she said. "We were the fastest-growing town from 1990 to 2000. We grew from 20,000 to 26,000. Our roads are crowded. People felt it was too much too fast. I want to slow development."
The perception of growth in town may have led to his defeat, Herberger said.
Whatever the reason for the overwhelming defeat, Herberger, 59, said it's time to move on, but it may not be easy. After serving as a councilman for 14 years before becoming supervisor, he is no stranger to town government and that's what makes it hard to leave.