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Brown pleased with Council primary results

A five-to-four majority on the Common Council is still expected to line up against Mayor Byron W. Brown following Tuesday's primary election, but the city's chief executive was pleased nevertheless that three of his supporters -- Bonnie E. Russell in University, Joseph Golombek Jr. in North, and Demone A. Smith in Masten -- won convincing victories.

"I'm very pleased that the candidates for Common Council who have worked closely with my administration and supported initiatives that have moved our city forward won overwhelmingly tonight," the mayor said. "I'm especially proud of my longtime friend, Judge Robert Russell Jr., who was the top vote-getter for City Court judge. I also want to congratulate newcomer Judge Susan Eagan, who I recently appointed and was also victorious in the race for City Court judge."

Brown did not mention the loss by Samuel A. Herbert to David A. Franczyk in Fillmore, where Herbert said Brown forces had been active on his behalf.

--Robert J. McCarthy

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Robert J. McCarthy

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