MAYVILLE – The Independence Party primary for Chautauqua County Legislature District 12 in Jamestown and the countywide Green Party primary for Family Court Judge were decided Tuesday by absentee ballots.
County election officials say incumbent Democratic Legislature District 12 candidate Beth Kresge trailed challenging Republican Elisabeth Rankin in the Independence Party primary by just one vote on election night 19 to 18. Three absentee ballots and one provisional affidavit ballot were opened with a count of 3 for Kresge and 1 vote for Rankin. The final unofficial count for the primary election with the absentees and affidavit ballot added now stands at 21 votes for Kresge and 20 for Rankin. Kresge now will be the Democratic, Independence and Working Families candidate and Rankin will be the Republican and Conservative candidate.
For the Green Party, Michael Sullivan expanded his one vote lead over and James Spann for Chautauqua County Family Court by picking up the sole Green Party absentee ballot received by the elections office in Mayville. Both candidates lost their major party primary bids. However, the unofficial final Green party primary result now stands at Sullivan with 4 votes and Spann with 2 votes. As a result of the absentee ballot count, the November General election ballot for Family Court will find Jeffrey A. Piazza, Republican, Independence and Conservative; Sally A. Jaroszynski, Democratic; Sullivan, Green; and Spann, Working Families.