AUBURN — Tim Lattimore will keep his District 13 seat representing part of the city of Auburn on the Cayuga County Legislature. The Republican incumbent won by 10 votes against Democrat Bob Nodzo after absentee ballots were unofficially counted Tuesday.
Republican Chris Petrus's third campaign has also been successful for the District 4 seat. He beat incumbent and independent Grant Kyle by an unofficial 29 votes.
The District 13 race was tight on election night, with the Cayuga County Board of Elections showing Lattimore winning by one vote. The board had issued 67 absentee ballots, of which 35 were to registered Democrats. The board of elections said 21 absentee ballots were handed out to registered Republicans. Not everyone mailed in their ballot.
The board said Tuesday that Lattimore earned 24 votes via absentee, and Nodzo earned 15. The unofficial tally between the candidates was 329 to 319. This will be Lattimore's third and final term on the Legislature.
"I'd like to thank my opponent for running a really decent campaign," Lattimore said Tuesday night. "Hopefully, as I've mentioned before, because of my term limits, he'd be a good candidate to run next time."
Nodzo did not return The Citizen's request for comment.
District 4, which represents the town of Brutus, was leaning more toward Petrus on election night after he won by an unofficial 24 votes. The board had said 62 absentee ballots were issued in that district, of which most were to registered Republicans. Petrus received 22 absentee votes, and Kyle received 17, according to the unofficial count. Overall, Petrus won 488 votes to Kyle's 459.
Petrus will serve out the remainder of the seat's term. It was on the ballot this year due to the resignation of Mark Farrell in 2016. The Legislature had appointed Kyle to the seat until the next election cycle. This is Petrus's third campaign for the office, and he told The Citizen Tuesday that he was pleased with the voter turnout.
"I was always within 20 to 30 votes," he said of his past races, "so I think we just managed to get over the hill, so to speak."
He said he's looking forward to working with both Democrats and Republicans and accomplishing some things.
Kyle said he was happy to see more voters turn out than in previous election years. He added that he admired Petrus for his persistence in seeking office, and was glad he will have a chance to represent the people of Brutus. For now, Kyle said he's taking a vacation, and will reassess whether he wants to continue in the political realm.
"It was a good fight," he said of this race.