Bower wins sheriff election

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 November 2015 at 12:00 am

Randy Bower was elected the new Orleans County sheriff today, over Tom Drennan and Don Organisciak, ending a hard-fought race that saw Bower come back to win after missing out on the Republican Party endorsement in May.

Bower had the Conservative line and then won the Republican primary over Drennan in September. The primary was close and went to the absentees. Bower would win by 21 votes.

But today, Bower had more distance between Drennan, 3,951 to 3,507. Retired Medina police officer and investigator Don Organisciak was backed by the Democrats and received 847 votes or 10.2 percent of the total.

There are about 450 absentee ballots. Bower has a 444-vote lead.

Orleans Hub will have more on the race later.

Here are other unofficial results of key local races:

Orleans County Legislature:
Lynne Johnson: 1,147
Paul Lauricella: 552

Don Allport: 4,543
James White: 2,244

Town of Albion Highway
Michael Neidert: 845
Jed Standish: 340

Albion Town Board (elect 2)
Jake Olles: 803
Darlene Benton: 526
Paul Fulcomer: 520

Barre town supervisor
Mark Chamberlain: 322
Cyndy Van Lieshout: 229

Barre Town Board (elect 2)
Larry Gaylard: 298
Richard Bennett: 285
Sean Pogue: 268
Joe Grabowski: 201

Clarendon highway superintendent
Larry Swanger: 453
Tracy Bruce Chalker: 232
Frederick Seeman: 58

Gaines town supervisor
Carol Culhane: 432
Patrick Swiercznski: 252

Gaines Town Board (elect 2)
Mary Neilans: 445
Richard DeCarlo: 361
Bill Lattin: 347
Pete Toenniessen: 209

Ridgeway Town Board (elect 2)
Mary Woodruff: 706
Sarah Fisher: 656
Paul Blajszczak: 208

Shelby highway superintendent
Michael Fuller: 601
Ed Houseknecht: 361

Yates town supervisor
John Belson: 352
Jim Simon: 338

Yates Town Board (elect 2)
John Riggi: 457
Wes Bradley: 412
Glenn Maid: 310