Write-in candidate McKenna is apparent winner of Potsdam village board seat
Monday, November 13, 2017 - 11:50 am

By CRAIG FREILICH

POTSDAM -- Potsdam resident Maggie McKenna, who ran a write-in campaign for a seat on the village Board of Trustees, is the apparent winner.

“We are still unpacking the election,” said Tom Hardiman at the St. Lawrence County Board of Elections Monday morning.

McKenna has unofficially beaten another write-in candidate, Rebecca Dufour, according to the elections board. No specific tally has been declared since absentee ballots and military ballots are yet to be counted.

Two of the three seats up for election to the village board unofficially have gone to Democratic incumbents who were on the ballot.

Steve Warr ran unopposed on the ballot and will keep his seat for a four-year term.

Abigail Lee, who was appointed this year to fill the seat vacated by trustee and deputy mayor Eleanor Hopke when she and her husband moved to the Rochester area, ran unopposed to fill the remainder of that term.

The third seat on the ballot was for the four-year trustee position that had been held by Ruth Garner, the late trustee and former mayor who died Oct. 18 at the age of 101. She had planned not to run again.

The St. Lawrence County Board of Elections will begin counting absentee votes on Wednesday. They have to be received at the Board of Elections Tuesday. Military ballots have until Nov. 20 to arrive.

When all that is complete, the official tallies will be released, Hardiman said.