Democratic nominees won several contested races around Ithaca and Tompkins County in Tuesday’s general election, according to early, unofficial results from the Tompkins County Board of Elections. Quite a few races were uncontested for both major parties around the county.
Dryden had some of the area’s most hotly contested races, and Democratic nominee Jason Leifer defeated Bruno Schickel by about 57%-43% of the vote for the position of Dryden town supervisor. Democrats Dan Lamb and Kathy Servoss each won about 29% of the vote in a four-way race, defeating Republican candidates Joseph Osmeloski and Don Scutt for two seats on the Dryden town council.
In the Town of Ulysses, Democratic nominee Anne Koreman won the Tompkins County legislator seat for district 5, beating independent challenger Keith Hannon by about 63%-37% of the vote.
With three candidates to fill the remainder of the term in the fifth ward seat for Ithaca Common Council vacated by Josephine Martell this summer, Democratic nominee Laura Lewis won with 57% of the vote, with Melissa Hall earning 31% and Aryeal Jackson 11%.
Also in the City of Ithaca, Democratic candidate Henry Granison defeated Carolina Osorio Gil for Tompkins County legislator for district 3 with about 80% of the vote. For district 4, incumbent Rich John won with 89% of the vote. Challenger Reed Steburger publicly withdrew from the race in early September, before the Democratic primary, after allegations of sexual assault surfaced, but it was too late to remove their name from the ballot.
A proposal in the City of Ithaca to create a new system of four volunteer advisory commissions to replace what Mayor Svante Myrick calls “dozens of committees” appears to have won by a roughly 63%-37% margin.
Republicans Doug Dake and Robert Cree were the top two candidates for Town of Lansing town council in preliminary results, above Democrats Joseph Wetmore and Walaa Maharem-Horan.