Turnout for village elections: Albion, 23.4%; Medina, 1.2%

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 March 2022 at 9:51 am

The three-person race for Albion mayor, plus four people seeking two other board seats, brought out 23.4 percent of the registered voters or 710 of 3,031.

Angel Javier Jr. was elected mayor with 378 votes to 195 for Vickie Elsenheimer and 137 for Kevin Graham.

Tim McMurray and Joyce Riley were elected trustees with 440 votes and 326 votes, respectively. Other trustee candidates included Dan Conrad with 301 votes and Sandra Walter with 206.

The candidates bought ads, put out yard signs, sent mailers and many went door-to-door. That 710 voter turnout was up from 614 in March 2018 when there was also a three-person race for mayor that was won by Eileen Banker over Joyce Riley and Kevin Doherty.

One of the trustee candidates in Tuesday’s election, Sandra Walter, said during a candidate forum that she would support moving the village election to June, like in Holley and Brockport. She thinks there would be a bigger turnout in warmer weather and candidates could more easily connect with voters.

In Medina, the turnout was only 1.2 percent for the election with 39 voters out of 3,389. However, the candidates were all unopposed with Mayor Mike Sidari and Trustees Marguerite Sherman and Tim Elliott.

They were also unopposed on the ballot in the previous election in September 2020. That election was moved back six months due to Covid restrictions.

There was a write-in campaign in that election that brought more people to the polls with Sidari winning 104 to 59 for Mary Hare. Sherman had 124 votes and Elliott received 118, to 56 for Charles Hartway.