4 town races are too close to call

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 November 2013 at 2:02 am

Absentees will be opened on Nov. 12 to determine winners

Four races in town elections are too close to name a winner until the absentee ballots are all opened. That will happen on Nov. 12 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Board of Elections office.

Of the four races, the Albion town supervisor contest is the closest. Jake Olles is ahead of Matt Passarell by 1 vote, 476-475. Both candidates are town councilmen vying to replace Dennis Stirk, who didn’t seek re-election.

The BOE has received 46 absentees in the race, but Election Commissioner Dennis Piedimonte said more may have been mailed in on Tuesday.

In Barre, it was also close in the race to succeed Alan Jones as town justice. Richard DeCarlo Jr. has a nine-vote lead over Rick Root, 205 to 196, with about 20 absentees to be counted.

Two races for highway superintendent are also very close. In Carlton, incumbent David Krull is ahead of Paul Snook, 403 to 394 with 48 absentees to be counted.

In Ridgeway, Ray Wendling has an eight-vote lead, 570 to 562, over incumbent Mark Goheen. There are 33 absentees out.