JAMESTOWN – There will be two new members on the Jamestown City Council.
In the city council at large race, the candidates who received the three highest vote totals were incumbent Kim Ecklund (R), followed by newcomers Vanessa Weinert (D) and Andrew Liuzzo (R).
Ecklund received 2298 votes. Weinert and Liuzzo were only separated by two votes on election night, with Weinert getting 1954 and Liuzzo getting 1952. The next highest vote total went to Michael Laurin (R), with 1863, following by incumbent and current city council president Greg Rabb (D), who received 1854 votes. Robert Whitney (D) finished sixth with 1650.
There are still 446 absentees were sent out, with 230 returned so far, but Chautauqua County Election Commissioner Norman Green tells WRFA that none of the local races from Election Night – including the city council at large races – are too close to call and the results will most likely stand.
In the two other contested city council races, incumbents Tony Dolce of Ward 2 and Marie Carrubba of Ward 4 each won reelection, defeating Joe Scapallitte and Richard Elardo, respectively.
With the loss of Rabb and the addition of Liuzzo, the city council will now be comprised of 5 Democrats and 4 Republicans when it begins its new term on Jan. 1, 2018.