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2015-11-05 / Front Page

Coleman ends Fudoli era

by JULIE HALM Editor


Supervisor-elect Johanna Coleman was at the Elks Lodge on Legion Parkway on Tuesday afternoon as she anticipated election results. 
Photo by Sarah McIlhattenPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Supervisor-elect Johanna Coleman was at the Elks Lodge on Legion Parkway on Tuesday afternoon as she anticipated election results. Photo by Sarah McIlhattenPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Candidates for races in Lancaster faced a long evening as election results rolled in on Tuesday, with many races too close to call until all districts had reported.

As of Wednesday morning, unofficial tabulations showed that the Democrats came out on top.

Republican incumbent Dino Fudoli lost the town supervisor’s race to longtime Town Clerk Johanna Coleman, who was on the Democratic line. Unofficial results showed Coleman receiving 58 percent of the vote to Fudoli’s 42 percent.

A total of 9,187 votes were cast in the contest, with Coleman garnering 5,359 and Fudoli, 3,828. Voter turnout in that race represented 31 percent of Lancaster’s eligible voters.

In the races for town council positions, both the Democrats and the Republicans brought home a win. Dawn Gaczewski ran on a total of five party lines, including the Democratic line, and received 5,054 votes, or 29 percent. The second position was decided by a small margin, with Russell Sugg, who ran on the Republican, Independence and Reform lines, getting 25 percent, barely defeating Matthew Walter, who also received 25 percent. Walter was on the Democratic, Green and Working Families lines.


Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz thanks supporters Tuesday night at Hotel @ The Lafayette after claiming victory in the race for a second term. 
Photo by Sarah McIlhattenPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz thanks supporters Tuesday night at Hotel @ The Lafayette after claiming victory in the race for a second term. Photo by Sarah McIlhattenPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com With 17,300 residents casting votes, Sugg received 4,288 and Walter fell behind by a mere six votes, at 4,282. Joseph Brainard, on the Republican, Independence and Reform lines, came in last with 3,664 votes, or 21 percent.

Much like the other races, the town clerk position was decided by a small difference, according to initial reports. Diane Sovinsky Terranova, who ran on the Democratic and three minor party lines, tallied 53 percent, or 4,719 votes, while opponent Lindsay Weisenburg, on the Republican and three other lines, received 47 percent, or 4,267 votes, out of 8,986 cast.


Ray Walter, the Republican candidate for Erie County executive, greets voters Tuesday afternoon outside the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg. 
Photo by Chuck SkipperPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Ray Walter, the Republican candidate for Erie County executive, greets voters Tuesday afternoon outside the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg. Photo by Chuck SkipperPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Both Suzanne Jacobs and Barbara Tamol were re-elected to the Lancaster Library trustee position in uncontested races.

In the 8th Erie County Legislative District, Republican incumbent Ted Morton beat Democratic challenger Debra Liegl, having received 54 percent of 14,562 votes. Morton ran on six lines, gaining 7,914 votes compared to Liegl’s one line receiving 6,648.

Incumbent Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz won a second term Tuesday, defeating Republican challenger Ray Walter by a nearly 2-1 majority.

Unofficial results posted yesterday morning by the Erie County Board of Elections had Poloncarz with 91,304 votes to Walter’s 47,004.

Green Party candidate Eric Jones garnered 1,421 votes.

“Thank you again for this incredible, humbling privilege of allowing me to once again serve as your County Executive. I won’t let you down,” Poloncarz said late Tuesday via his Twitter page.

“An Erie County that is a shining light in New York State and in our region is an Erie County that works with and for everyone. As we move forward from tonight, we must redouble our efforts to build the best Erie County that we know it can be.”

Brenda Freedman won the race for Erie County Family Court judge, defeating Kelly Brinkworth, 68,802 to 62,493.

James Bargnesi and Sheila DiTullio were unopposed in the race for two seats for Erie County judge.

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