AUBURN —The Auburn City Council won't see any changes for the next two years after Democratic incumbents Terry Cuddy and Debby McCormick beat Republican challengers John Camardo and Adam Miller at the polls on Election Day.
McCormick, who ran on the Democratic and Working Families lines, secured the most votes with 2,873 ballots cast in her favor. Cuddy, running on the same lines as McCormick, was a close second with 2,847 votes.
Former councilor Camardo, who was on the ballot under the Republican, Conservative and Independent parties, came in third with 2,065 votes. First-time candidate Miller brought in 1,459 total votes on the Republican and Independent lines.
Of the 9,258 votes cast in the race, 14 were write-ins.
Cuddy credits the hard work he put in over the last six months, as well as the support of family and friends, for his victory. His young son John even played a role in helping his father's reelection campaign.
"I was drawing signs for the Democratic Headquarters," John said after the results were announced at the Cayuga County Democrats Election Night gathering at the Ancient Order of the Hibernians in Auburn.
Cuddy said he would post photos of John's signs on his Facebook page, which were very popular with his followers.
"It's still sinking in," Cuddy said of his win. "The first time I won, there was a newness to it. This time a relief that all the hard work paid off and I value the people of Auburn's trust in me and Debby (McCormick)."
McCormick said it was clear that Auburn residents voted for her because of her record during her four years as a city councilor.
"I didn't have a record before," McCormick said. "This time, I think voters were voting for what I did and I think that the results show that they were happy with what they saw."
McCormick said the people she spoke with while she and Cuddy went door-to-door campaigning had a lot of positive things to say.
"People were happy to see us and I got a lot of good feedback," she said. "I felt good. This feels good. I'm happy for Auburn."
Although Miller lost the election, he said he still "feels good" about the effort he put in.
"I thought it was going to be a little bit closer than it was, but people are paying attention," Miller said. "They're seeing what's going on and they're going to take a chance on somebody. So I feel good. I'm not disappointed at all. Obviously you want to win, but I'm feeling good."
He thanked his family and the community who supported him. As for whether he will run for office again in the future, Miller replied, "Absolutely."
"We'll see where the road takes me," he said. "Never say never, right?"
Camardo was not in attendance at the Republicans' gathering at the Ukrainian National Club and could not be reached for comment by phone.
Cuddy and McCormick both said they want to continue to work to provide clean water to the city and surrounding towns. They are also both excited to keep working with their colleagues on city council: councilors Jimmy Giannettino and Dia Carabajal and Mayor Michael Quill.
"The people of the city of Auburn have spoken," Quill said following the election results. "They're happy with what we've been doing, what we've accomplished and they have faith that we're on the right track."
Gallery: Election day in Cayuga County
Results from Auburn and Cayuga County.