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2018-11-08 / Front Page

Colby defeats Kulpit for town justice seat

by HOLLY N. LIPKA Editor

Colby Colby Incumbent Jeremy A. Colby was re-elected town justice in Lancaster Tuesday night, defeating newcomer Jessica A. Kulpit by 642 votes, according to unofficial results from the Erie County Board of Elections.

Colby, who ran on the Republican, Conservative and Working Families lines, received 52 percent of the vote with 9,142, while Kulpit, who ran on the Democratic, Green, Independence, Women’s Equality and Reform lines, received 48 percent, or 8,500.

Turnout was 57 percent, according to the Board of Elections.

In Cheektowaga, Democrat Brian Pilarski defeated Republican Doreen Friedrich in the race to fill former Cheektowaga Town Councilman James Rogowski’s seat on the board.

Rogowski was re-elected last year to a four-year term but was forced to vacate the seat in September after pleading guilty to a criminal contempt charge that stemmed from a February domestic incident.

According to unofficial results, Pilarski tallied 16,130 votes compared to Friedrich’s 10,658 votes.

With 580 out of 581 districts reported in the 27th Congressional District, Rep. Chris Collins, the Republican incumbent, received the majority of the vote, with 133,838 tallies in his favor. His opponent, Nate McMurray, ran on the Democratic and Working Families line and gained a total of 130,858 votes. Larry Piegza ran on the Reform line and garnered 5,754 votes.

In other races, Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns, who ran on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform lines, leads in the race for Erie County clerk with 827 districts out of 837 reported as of Wednesday morning. Kearns tallied 158,801 votes compared to Democratic challenger Angela Marinucci’s 153,224 votes.

Statewide races saw several victories for incumbents. In the 143rd Assembly District, incumbent Monica Wallace was re-elected for a two-year term. Wallace ran on the Democratic, Working Families, Women’s Equality and Independence lines and gained 58 percent of the vote, or 25,508. Daniel Centinello Sr., who ran on the Republican line, gained 42 percent, or 18,575.

Incumbents Patrick Gallivan of the 59th Senate District and Tim Kennedy of the 63rd Senate District both ran unopposed in this year’s general election. Gallivan ran on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform lines while Kennedy ran on the Democratic, Working Families, Independence and Women’s Equality lines.

The state’s Democratic comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli, scored 193,801 votes. His closest opponent in the four-person race, Republican Jonathan Trichter, tallied 111,071.

The ticket of incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo and Western New York native Kathy Hochul carried the vote for governor and lieutenant governor. They defeated Republican challengers Marc Molinaro and Julie Killian, 161,468 to 141,799.

The totals listed in the state races reflect only those votes cast in Erie County. To view complete election results, visit www.erieelectionresults.com.

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