Write-in candidate Daniel Koziol was declared the winner of Lackawanna's 1st Ward race for the Conservative Party line in November.
Koziol knocked off opponent Ali M. Saleh, 33-27, in primary balloting on Sept. 13, said Derek Murphy, spokesman for the Erie County Board of Elections. The determination was rendered after a canvasing of both First Ward City Council races was complete on Monday, Murphy said.
John Ingram was declared the Democratic Party winner over sitting Councilman Abdulsalam K. Noman. The final tally gave Ingram 454 votes including one write-in. Noman finished with 435 votes and no write-ins.
The upset victory by the write-in Conservative candidate came as a surprise to many residents of Lackawanna’s tight-knit 1st Ward – including Koziol's father Dennis Koziol.
"The upset is stunning. It’s not easy to win as a write-in, especially when you get into the race three days before the deadline," said Dennis Koziol. "The important thing to me was that term limits were not violated."