By Jay Rey
A few Election Day tidbits out of Amherst:
– The Town Board is downsizing from six to five seats by year’s end, but it’s possible the board could be starting with only four members come the beginning of next year.
For example, if Mark Manna – who is half way through his term as Amherst councilmember – beats Barry Weinstein in the race for supervisor, Manna would vacate his councilmember seat.
The supervisor and three other councilmembers would then appoint the fifth person to fill that open seat.
But what if they board is split – two Democrats and two Republicans – and can’t settle on an appointment?
Then it’s possible that seat could stay vacant until voters choose a candidate in next year’s election.
– Just for the record, here’s a breakdown of registered voters in Amherst: 31,002 Democrats; 26,647 Republicans; 1,271 Conservatives; 219 registered in the Working Families Party; 3,783 registered with the Independence Party; 184 registered with the Green Party; 44 registered under other parties; and 14,156 unaffiliated voters, or blanks.
That’s a total of 77,306.
– Here’s what Democratic Elections Commissioner Dennis E. Ward had to say about female candidates running in Amherst.
“Honestly, I always think women run strong in Amherst,” Ward said. “I always say, in Amherst, the female candidate is worth two to three more points just because women tend to poll better.”
It’s something to watch tonight.
Democrats are running two female candidates, Ramona Popowich and Patricia Dunne, for the two available councilmember seats.