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Rankin, Kresge confirmed as winners of Chautauqua County Legislature seat

MAYVLLE – Absentee ballots that were counted Tuesday confirmed the outcome of the District 12 contest for a seat in the Chautauqua County Legislature and added to totals for two candidates who had already declared victory as trustees in Silver Creek.

The ballot count resulted in 810 votes for Elizabeth Rankin and 754 for Beth Kresge in the District 12 county race. Before the absentee ballots were counted, their election-night totals were 756 and 691, respectively.

Rankin was the Republican and Conservative Party candidate. In addition to the votes cast in the November election, 111 absentee ballots and 21 affidavit ballots were opened and counted Tuesday at the Board of Elections office in Mayville.

Kresge was appointed to fill the seat vacated when Fred Larson, a fellow Democrat, was appointed as a Jamestown City Court Judge last summer.

Kresge was running for the remainder of Larson’s unexpired term. Rankin picked up the majority of the absentee and affidavit ballots that were counted.

County Election Commissioner Brian Abram said Rankin now will be sworn in as the District 12 representative.

The Silver Creek trustee contest was also too close to call on election night. Four candidates were seeking two seats on the board. Trustee Anthony Pearl, a Democrat, had 308 votes.

Two Republican candidates, John Burt and Vincent Tampio, were the winners at the polls, with 319 and 323, respectively. The two candidates still had the majority of votes after absentee ballots were counted – Tampio with 343 votes and Burt, 333.

Anthony Pearl, a Democrat and the incumbent trustee, had 308 on election night and picked up 13 more votes. His vote total was still the third highest, with 321. Nancy Karmazyn, a Democrat, had 271 votes.

New trustees will be sworn in at the January meeting.

Tampio is former mayor of Silver Creek and Burt was the director of the Silver Creek Public Works Department. Trustee Ben Peters did not seek election to another term on the Village Board.

The two new trustees were elected to two-year terms. They will join Mayor Nick Piccolo and Trustee Tom Harmon on the Village Board.

The Chautauqua County Board of Elections had to wait until at least one week after the November election before releasing the total of absentee ballots. That allowed mail time for military and out-of-town ballots to arrive and set the ballot opening date for Tuesday.