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One final look at the 2013 elections

We'll close the book on the 2013 elections in Amherst now that the Erie County Board of Elections signed off on the final vote tallies this week.

Of course, there were no surprises after Board of Elections recanvassed the close four-way race for Town Board, which ended up just as it did on election night.

But for all you political junkies, here are the official results:

Incumbent Councilmember Steven D. Sanders, a Republican, was the top vote-getter with 23.6 percent of the vote, capturing one of the open Town Board seats.

He will be joined on the board by Democrat Ramona D. Popowich, who was elected to the second open seat with 23.1 percent of the vote.

The board will remain in control of the Republicans, represented by Sanders, Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein and Councilmember Guy R. Marlette.

But with Popowich joining the board next year, the Democrats pick up another seat along side Democratic Councilmember Mark A. Manna.

Popowich won the second seat by beating her Democratic counterpart, Patricia S. Dunne, by 120 votes and Republican Howard Cadmus by 279 votes.

For the record, Weinstein beat Manna in the supervisor’s race 14,091 votes to 11,352, according to the officials results. In the race for Amherst Town Justice, Kara A. Buscaglia beat Barbara S. Nuchereno 13,356 to 11,815.

-- Jay Rey

 

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