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Primary update: Tucker in tight race; Dyster cruises

by TSchmitt
Wed, Sep 14th 2011 09:22 am

The race for mayor in the city of Lockport proved to be a tight one on Primary Day.

Incumbant Michael Tucker got a surprising race from former alderwoman Phyllis Green in the Republican primary. The County's board of elections site shows Tucker holding just a two-vote lead after the polls closed, but there are still more than 100 absentee ballots yet to be counted. After that, the board of elections will recanvass, meaning we won't know the winner for at least a week.

On the democratic side, Michael Pillot got 56 percent of the vote to Jack Smith's 44.

While Tucker's fight was closer than expected, reigning council president Richelle Pasceri was defeated in her First Ward primary by 74-year-old challenger Shirley Nicholas. That should leave an interesting race in the upcoming elections with Pasceri running on the Independent and Conservative lines

Also in the Lockport council, Ken Genewick scored an easy win in the Fifth Ward.

In Niagara Falls, incumbent Paul Dyster had little problem, winning 56 percent of the vote in a four-way race. Dyster had nearly twice as many votes as John Accardo, who finished a distant second.

Norton Douglas and Carnell Burtch barely made a blip with less than 15 percent of the vote combined.

In other big races:

-- Robert Cliffe held off his predecessor, Tim Demler, in the Republican primary for Wheatfield Supervisor

-- Robert Anderson and 28-year-old Alicia Laible were the top two in the five-person race for Niagara Falls council

-- Daniel Engert won the Republican nod for Supervisor in the Town of Somerset

-- County legislators who scored victories included Keith McNall, who secured 53 percent of the vote to down Andrew Chapman

-- Also, Dennis Virtuoso soundly thumped Kari Ann Bullman in the 6th district and other winners were Jason Zona, Owen Steed and Cheree Copelin


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