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Virtuoso unopposed for re-election

Niagara County Legislature Minority Leader Dennis F. Virtuoso, a staunch Democrat, might be the least likely person ever to appear on the Republican line, but that's where he'll be for the Nov. 8 general election.

After witnessing the count Thursday at the Board of Elections, Virtuoso said he defeated Republican hopeful Joseph S. Urso 71-29 in an all-write-in primary in the 4th District in Niagara Falls.

Virtuoso won the Conservative and Independence primaries and had the Democratic nomination, so he is unopposed in November.

Another incumbent legislator also claimed victory in a close primary Thursday. Danny W. Sklarski defeated Robert S. LaBarbera 442-430 in the 6th District Democratic race.

The Board of Elections didn't officially confirm the Legislature results, but Democratic Commissioner Nancy L. Smith did release the figures for two Wednesday counts of paper ballots in close town races in Royalton and Wilson.

In Royalton, incumbent Calvin W. Rhoney edged incumbent L. Kent Kilgore, 214-213, for third place in a Republican primary for three available Town Board seats. Richard J. Lang and incumbent Lee M. Criswell handily won the first two spots.

The second spot in the GOP primary for two town justice seats went to Margaret M. Raduns, who defeated incumbent Deborah M. Carpenter, 267-257.

Incumbent Gregory A. Bass led the field with 372.

On primary night, Rhoney led Kilgore by three votes, and Raduns was ahead of Carpenter by 10, a margin later cut to five after a machine tabulation error was found.

Kilgore and Carpenter have minor lines in the Nov. 8 general election.

In Wilson, Councilman Bruce G. Muck held onto his victory in the Republican primary for supervisor. Smith said Muck defeated Joseph A. Jastrzemski 286-271. Muck was ahead by 18 votes on primary night. Jastrzemski will run on two minor lines in the general election.

There is no Democratic candidate.

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