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Cayuga County-area 2019 election results: Quill wins re-election as Auburn mayor, council race tight
The polls have closed in Cayuga and Onondaga counties as voters decide who will represent them in local government.
The Citizen and auburnpub.com will have updated results throughout the night. Our team of reporters will have stories on several of the competitive races in the area, including Auburn mayor, city council and Cayuga County Legislature.
Here are the 2019 Cayuga County-area election results (winners in bold):
Michael Quill (D, W, A): 3,108 55.11%
Tim Lattimore (R, C, I): 2,373 42.07%
Brett Tracy (L): 155 2.75%
City Council (vote for two)
Jimmy Giannettino (D, W): 3,175 29.77%
Timothy Locastro (R, C, I): 2,826 26.50%*
Dia Carabajal (D, W): 2,797 26.23%
Adam Miller (R, C, I): 1,742 16.33%
Justin Burchard (L): 119 1.12%
*Too close to call between Locastro and Carabajal
CAYUGA COUNTY (county-wide races)
Jon Budelmann (R, C, I): 10,783 66.45%
Thomas Turturo (D, W): 5,423 33.42%
Sue Dwyer (R, C, I): 13,747 99.53%
CAYUGA COUNTY LEGISLATURE
Andrew Dennison (R, C): 898 99.56%
Christopher Petrus (R, C): 574 98.63%
Aileen McNabb-Coleman (D, W): 1,490 98.94%
Hans Pecher (R, C): 665 62.21%
Joseph DeForest (D, W): 404 37.79%
Heidi Nightengale (D, W, A): 349 51.86%*
Edward Darrow (R, C, I): 323 47.99%
*Nightengale apparent winner, but too close to call due to absentees
Tricia Ottley Kerr (D, W, A): 679 59.61%
Thomas Adessa (R, C, I): 459 40.30%
Michael Didio (R, C, I): 560 50%*
Gwen Webber-McLeod (D, W, A): 559 49.91%
*Race too close to call
New York state offices
State Supreme Court Justice, District 7 (includes Cayuga County): Vote for 2 (with 99% reporting)
Matthew Rosenbaum (R,C,L,I,S): 162,618
Kevin Nasca (R,C,I): 141,048
Meredith Vacca (D,L): 127,417
State Supreme Court Justice, District 5 (includes Onondaga County): Vote for 3 (with 52% reporting)
Bernadette Roman Clark (D,R,C,I): 153,138
Robert E. Antonacci II (R,C,I): 88,846
Joseph E. Lamendola (R,C,I): 87,772
Julie Cerio (D): 84,046
Rory A. McMahon (D): 67,248
CAYUGA COUNTY TOWNS
Aurelius Supervisor: Vote for 1
Edward J. Ide Jr. (R,C): 632 99.37%
Aurelius Clerk/Collector: Vote for 1
Deborah A. Pinckney (R,C): 689 99.42%
Aurelius Town Council: Vote for 2
Thomas Walczyk (R, W): 424 31.57%
Paul Ruzicka (R, C): 397 29.56%
Mary Burtless (D): 359 26.73%
Michael Ogburn (C): 161 11.99%
Aurelius Highway Superintendent: Vote for 1
Harold Walter (R,C): 622 80.15%
Thomas Passarello (D): 152 19.59%
Brutus Town Justice: Vote for 2
Andrew S. Maltese (R,C): 543 50.09%
Geoffrey G. Fritsch (R): 534 48.72%
Brutus Town Council: Vote for 2
Amy L. Chirco (R,C): 556 52.70%
Derric D. Slocum (R): 492 46.64%
Cato Supervisor: Vote for 1
Charles R. Ray (D,R,C,I): 338 69.69%
Edward L. Mossow (CV): 70 14.43%
Cato Clerk/Collector: Vote for 1
Jody A. Snyder (R): 447 97.81%
Cato Town Justice: Vote for 1
Matthew C. Ray (R): 415 99.28%
Cato Town Council: Vote for 2
Thomas W. Short (R): 315 37.41%
Irving W. Foster (D,C): 287 34.09%
Stefan House (D): 235 27.91%
Cato Highway Superintendent: Vote for 1
Gary L. Cole (R): 437 98.20%
Conquest Supervisor: Vote for 1
Charles Knapp (D): 176 98.32%
Conquest Clerk/Collector: Vote for 1
Lisa Tortorello (R): 199 99.50%
Conquest Town Justice: Vote for 2
Allan Wood (D): 169 56.52%
David W. Morgan (RC): 130 43.48%
Conquest Town Council: Vote for 2
Jack Lees (D): 154 43.75%
Cindy Lamphere (R): 194 55.11%
Conquest Highway Superintendent: Vote for 1
Mark Shaffer (R): 213 99.07%
Fleming Town Justice: Vote for 1
Denis Donovan (R): 539 99.63%
Fleming Town Council: Vote for 2
James E. Young (R): 418 38.81%
David J. McDonald (FE): 346 32.13%
David J. Ward (P): 311 28.88%
Genoa Supervisor: Vote for 1
Lori Sellen-Gross (D,R): 383 99.74%
Genoa Clerk/Collector: Vote for 1
Susan B. Moss (R): 350 100%
Genoa Town Justice: Vote for 1
Jonathan Orkin (D): 261 98.49%
Genoa Town Council: Vote for 2
Cheryl M. Shields (R): 347 52.74%
Brandon A. White (R): 311 47.26%
Ira Supervisor: Vote for 1
James Lunkenheimer (R): 235 98.33%
Ira Clerk/Collector: Vote for 1
Jill Campbell (R): 250 100%
Ira Town Council: Vote for 2
Alan Simmons (R): 236 50.21%
Lawrence Wallace (R): 232 49.36%
Ira Highway Superintendent: Vote for 1
Michael J. Hesse (R): 246 99.60%
Ledyard Supervisor: Vote for 1
Mark Jordan (R): 325 98.78%
Ledyard Clerk: Vote for 1
Jamie Bailey (R): 318 99.07%
Ledyard Town Justice: Vote for 1
Edmund Maassen (R): 350 100%
Ledyard Town Council: Vote for 2
Casey Otis (D): 257 28.88%
Therese Shook (D): 284 31.91%
David W. Bennett (R): 194 21.80%
Bobby Massarini (R): 155 17.42%
Ledyard Town Collector: Vote for 1
Debbie Brooks (R): 327 99.70%
Ledyard Highway Superintendent: Vote for 1
Steve Arnold (R): 252 64.95%
Locke Supervisor: Vote for 1
Craig Todd (R): 324 98.48%
Locke Clerk/Collector: Vote for 1
Melanie Funk (D,R): 352 100%
Locke Town Council: Vote for 2
Sally Compton (D,R): 198 28.45%
L. Thane Benson (AP): 250 35.92%
Fred M. Mackey (LF): 248 35.63%
Locke Highway Superintendent: Vote for 1
Peter Compton (D,R,C): 333 97.94%
Mentz Supervisor: Vote for 1
Richard T. Nielens Jr. (R,C): 254 98.45%
Mentz Town Clerk: Vote for 1
Charleen A. Wood (D,R,C): 293 100%
Mentz Town Council: Vote for 2
Barbara Clancy (D,R,C): 266 53.09%
Mark D. Emerson (R): 232 46.31%
Mentz Highway Superintendent: Vote for 1
David P. Nielens (D,R,C): 295 100%
Montezuma Supervisor: Vote for 1
John Malenick (R,C): 135 95.74%
Montezuma Town Clerk: Vote for 1
June M. Smith (R,C): 166 98.22%
Montezuma Town Justice: Vote for 1
William H. Futrell (R,C): 158 99.37%
Montezuma Town Council: Vote for 2
Thomas Fitzsimmons (D): 102 29.82%
Lester Brew III (R): 137 40.06%
David J. Hutchings (R): 103 30.12%*
*Race for second spot too close to call
Montezuma Town Collector: Vote for 1
Donna L. Burleton (D,R): 176 100%
Montezuma Highway Superintendent: Vote for 1
Dustin L. Roach (D,R,C): 180 99.45%
Moravia Supervisor: Vote for 1
Terrance Baxter (R): 336 99.12%
Moravia Clerk/Collector: Vote for 1
Moravia Town Council: Vote for 2
William J. Badman (R): 317 49.92%
Wendy J. Fellows-Baxter (R): 316 49.76%
Moravia Highway Superintendent: Vote for 1
John Thompson (R): 362 99.72%
Niles Supervisor: Vote for 1
Joan K. Jayne (R,C): 218 97.76%
Niles Clerk/Collector: Vote for 1
Tina Weed (R): 219 99.55%
Niles Town Justice: Vote for 1
Richard Winters (R): 216 99.54%
Niles Town Council: Vote for 2
Clarence Edmonds (R): 208 50%
Bernard Juli (R): 203 48.80%
Niles Highway Superintendent: Vote for 1
Pat Steger (R): 222 99.55%
Owasco Supervisor: Vote for 1
Edward J. Wagner Jr. (R,C): 1,063 98.79%
Owasco Clerk/Collector: Vote for 1
Tammy Flaherty (D,C): 1,027 99.61%
Owasco Town Council: Vote for 2
Frederick Cornelius (R,C): 949 47.14%
Michael Vitale (R,C): 1,048 52.06%
Owasco Highway Superintendent: Vote for 1
Samuel Jr. Schoonmaker (D): 467 35.01%
Robert Bruno (R,C): 865 64.84%
Scipio Supervisor: Vote for 1
Gary Mutchler (R,C): 367 99.46%
Scipio Clerk/Collector: Vote for 1
Ann Robson (R, C): 246 55.91%
Thomas Olenych (D): 194 44.09%
Scipio Town Justice: Vote for 1
Brian Dugan (D): 338 99.41%
Scipio Town Council: Vote for 2
Susan L. Allen (R,C): 282 39.83%
Mark Ferrari (D): 216 30.51%*
Leslie Baxter (D): 209 29.52%
*Race for second seat too close to call
Scipio Highway Superintendent: Vote for 1
Mark S. Chamberlain (D,R,C): 368 83.26%
Gregory E. Wilson (S): 71 16.06%
Sempronius Supervisor: Vote for 1
Kevin J. Court (R): 119 100%
Sempronius Clerk/Collector: Vote for 1
Victoria A. Becker (R): 123 100%
Sempronius Town Council: Vote for 2
Herrick Kimball (R): 112 51.61%
George Glover (R): 105 48.39%
Sempronius Highway Superintendent: Vote for 1
Bruce Nodine Jr. (D,R): 131 99.24%
Sennett Supervisor: Vote for 1
Thomas Gray (D): 517 54.31%
Peter C. Adams (R,C,I): 434 45.59%
Sennett Clerk/Collector: Vote for 1
Penelope M. Dennis (D,R): 839 99.64%
Sennett Town Justice: Vote for 1
Richard Timian (D,R) 836 99.76%
Sennett Town Council: Vote for 2
Jerrold Eades (D,R): 762 52.52%
Richard Gagliardi (R,C): 679 46.80%
Sennett Highway Superintendent: Vote for 1
Kristopher L. LaPointe (D,R,C): 877 99.89%
Springport Supervisor: Vote for 1
David R. Schenck (R,C): 502 99.41%
Springport Town Clerk: Vote for 1
Jennifer Schenck (R,C): 516 99.61%
Springport Town Justice: Vote for 2
Rebecca Schuelke Staehr (R): 456 57.14%
Karl F. Rindfleisch (SJ): 339 42.48%
Springport Town Council: Vote for 2
Richard Hodges (R): 495 50.72%
Lloyd L. Cornell (R,C): 476 48.77%
Springport Highway Superintendent: Vote for 1
Richard J. Waldron (R): 331 51.88%
William L. Walter (C): 306 47.96%
Sterling Supervisor: Vote for 1
June E. Smith (R): 385 92.55%
Sterling Clerk/Collector: Vote for 1
Lisa Cooper (R): 438 97.99%
Sterling Town Justice: Vote for 1
Robert Carlson (R,C): 318 68.24%
Sterling Town Council: Vote for 2
Leigh Shortslef (R): 405 49.51%
Scott Crawford (R): 402 49.14%
Sterling Highway Superintendent: Vote for 1
Brian Soper (R): 414 98.10%
Summerhill Supervisor: Vote for 1
Susan Stout (R): 199 99.50%
Summerhill Clerk/Collector: Vote for 1
Carol Chase (R): 209 100%
Summerhill Town Justice: Vote for 1
Sherry R. Davenport (R,C): 196 97.51%
Summerhill Town Council: Vote for 2
Linda L. Martin (R): 190 50.40%
Daniel Ripley (R): 187 49.60%
Sumerhill Highway Superintendent: Vote for 1
Gary Norton (R): 183 81.33%
James Toolan (D): 42 18.67%
Throop Supervisor: Vote for 1
Eric Ridley (D): 315 50.24%
William Tarby (R,C): 214 34.13%
Dayton J. Carpenter (L): 98 15.63%
Throop Clerk/Collector: Vote for 1
Kathy Malenick (R,C): 506 98.80%
Throop Town Justice: Vote for 1
Sarah Delfavero (R,C): 476 99.58%
Throop Town Council: Vote for 2
Paul Ryan (R,C): 485 51.87%
Joana Banas (R,C): 446 47.70%
Throop Highway Superintendent: Vote for 1
Joe McBride (R,C): 496 99.60%
Venice Supervisor: Vote for 1
Laura Talcott (R): 199 97.07%
Venice Town Clerk/Collector: Vote for 1
Kim M. Franklin (R): 219 100%
Venice Town Council: Vote for 2
Edward W. Denton (R): 203 50.37%
Stephen Talcott (R): 200 49.63%
Venice Highway Superintendent: Vote for 1
Stephen P. Fedrizzi (R): 221 100%
Victory Supervisor: Vote for 1
Michael Wiggins (R): 248 99.20%
Victory Clerk/Collector: Vote for 1
Julia Iozzio (R): 180 60.61%
Sandra J. Williams (V): 117 39.39%
Victory Town Council: Vote for 2
Robin Bartholomew (R): 232 50.54%
Terrance L McBride (R): 225 49.02%
Victory Highway Superintendent: Vote for 1
Patrick J. Coleman (R): 256 99.61%
County Executive: Vote for 1
Ryan McMahon (R,C,L,I,U): 53,862 54.61%
Tony Malavenda (D,W,S): 44,685 45.30%
District Attorney: Vote for 1
William J. Fitzpatrick (R,J): 52,630 53.14%
Chuck Keller (D,W,L): 38,079 38.44%
Gary J. Lavine (C,I): 8,291 8.37%
County Comptroller: Vote for 1
Marty Masterpole (D,W,S): 50,454 51.79%
Matt Beadnell (R,C,L,I): 46,913 48.15%
County Clerk: Vote for 1
Lisa Dell (R,C,I): 49,988 52.24%
Mark A. Kolinksi (D,W): 45,657 47.72%
County Legislator District 6: Vote for 1
Julie R. Abbott-Kenan (R,I): 5,040 61.08%
Susan M. Scheuerman (D,W): 3,083 37.37%
County Legislature District 13: Vote for 1
Kenneth L. Bush Jr. (R,C,I): 4,333 99.09%
Elbridge Town Justice: Vote for 1
Gale T. Mitchell (D,R,C,I): 1,115 98.32%
Elbridge Town Council: Vote for 2
Floyd C. Duger (D,R,I): 940 40.89%
Andrew J. Wormuth (D,I): 375 16.31%
Todd Platten (R): 612 26.62%
Joanna Jankowski (C): 175 7.61%
Eric M. Matthews (C): 194 8.44%
Skaneateles Supervisor: Vote for 1
Janet L. Aaron (R,C,I): 2,136 98.57%
Skaneateles Town Justice: Vote for 1
Kathleen H. Dell (R,C,I): 2,098 99.10%
Skaneateles Town Council: Vote for 2
Chris Legg (D): 1,496 32.89%
David M. Badami (R,I): 1,302 28.63%
Courtney A. Alexander (R,C,I): 1,723 37.88%
Cayuga County Legislature control too close to call on Election Night
A single vote is separating the candidates in a race that will determine which party controls the Cayuga County Legislature in 2020.
Unofficial election results Tuesday night showed Democrats picking up two seats in Auburn while Republicans flipped a seat in the southern end of the county. Those three races, along with the uncontested seats and seats not up for election this year, left the weighted vote split in the Legislature at 418 for Democrats and 417 for Republicans.
With 442 weighted votes needed for a majority, all eyes next week will be on absentee ballot counting in District 14, where one vote separates incumbent Republican Michael Didio and Democratic challenger Gwen Webber-McLeod.
Republican incumbents Andrew Dennison and Christopher Petrus and Democratic incumbent Aileen McNabb-Coleman were not contested in this year's election so all three have earned another four-year term.
Here's a look at the results in the four contested races:
District 8 (Genoa, Locke, Venice): Hans Pecher, running on the GOP and Conservative lines, won the rematch in a race with incumbent Democrat Joseph DeForest, who was also on the Working Families Party line. Pecher, a former legislator who lost to DeForest four years earlier, received 665 votes to DeForest's 404.
District 10 (Auburn): In a race to replace current Legislator Joseph Bennett, Heidi Nightengale, on the Democratic, Working Families and Auburn lines, leads 349-323 over Republican, Conservative and Independence candidate Edward Darrow. There are 43 absentee ballots issued in that race, according to the Cayuga County Board of Election, which means Darrow's chances of coming back are low.
District 12 (Auburn): Democratic, Working Families and Auburn candidate Tricia Ottley Kerr easily topped Thomas Adessa, who ran on the Republican, Conservative and Independence line. Ottley Kerr received 679 votes to 459 for Adessa.
District 14 (Auburn): Incumbent Didio (Republican, Conservative, Independence) leads challenger Webber-McLeod, 560-559. In that race, 114 absentee ballots were issued. Ballots sent by mail and postmarked by the deadline have until Nov. 13 to arrive at the BOE. Counting of absentee ballots will begin next week.
In another Cayuga County Legislature-related matter, 79 percent of voters answered yes to a question about changing legislative terms in the 2021 race to align the full the body into the same election cycle. That measure will allow the Legislature more options to consider for redistricting after the 2020 U.S. Census results are released.
Two incumbent town supervisors in Cayuga County were defeated.
In Sennett, Democrat Thomas Gray defeated two-term incumbent Peter C. Adams, 517-434. Gray returns to the seat he held in 2014 and 2015.
In a three-way race in Throop, Democrat Eric Ridley prevailed. He received 315 votes, compared with 214 for Republican/Conservative incumbent William Tarby and 98 votes for Libertarian Dayton Carpenter.
In the only other contested supervisor race, Cato incumbent Charles Ray, on the Democratic, Republican, Conservative and Independence lines, beat an independent challenge from Edward Mossow, 338-70.
Auburn police searching for missing 37-year-old man
Auburn police are asking for the public's assistance in locating a man missing since Oct. 30.
The APD said in a news release Tuesday that Brandon A. Burnham, 37, of Auburn, was last seen in the city wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. He is white, about 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 155 pounds. He has brown hair and eyes.
Police said Burnham has limited contacts in the Auburn and Oswego areas.
People who may have seen Burnham are asked to call police at (315) 253-3231. Calls may remain anonymous.
MLB.com writer: Auburn's Tim Locastro 'lock' to make Diamondbacks' 2020 opening day roster
At least one Arizona Diamondbacks observer believes Auburn native Tim Locastro will have a spot on the 2020 roster.
Gilbert considers Locastro one of three outfielders who are "locks" to make the opening day roster.
"Locastro proved to be valuable off the bench," Gilbert wrote. "He has a knack for getting on base via the hit-by-pitch, and his speed makes him a threat on the bases. He brings a lot of energy, and can play all three outfield positions."
Tim Locastro didn't expect this.
Locastro hit .250 and had a .356 on-base percentage in 91 games with the Diamondbacks last season. He was used primarily in a fourth outfielder's role. He started when another player was injured or someone had a day off. He also served as a defensive replacement and pinch-hitter.
In 2019, he set a new Diamondbacks single-season record with 22 hits-by-pitches. He stole 17 bases and is approaching a major league record for consecutive stolen bases without being caught to start a career.
Locastro also had a knack for clutch hitting. He had three walk-off hits to win games for the Diamondbacks. He had a game-winning RBI single in the final game of the season.
In an interview with The Citizen after the season, Locastro said it was a "special year."
"I was up in the big leagues a lot longer than I anticipated when this season started and I had an unbelievable time," Locastro said. "Our team was awesome, the coaches were awesome and the chemistry of the whole team was amazing."
The MLB.com story isn't the first hint that Locastro has a future in Arizona. The Arizona Republic interviewed Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen in October. Hazen, the newspaper reported, wants to assemble an offense "capable of creating runs in a variety of ways, including scratching across a run here or there on days when they're facing tough pitching."
Hazen is quoted as saying, "Guys that consistently get on base is number one." Locastro fits that description. He had the second-best on-base percentage on the team.
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Auburn mayor Quill, councilor Giannettino win again; second council seat still undecided
AUBURN — Unofficial results for Auburn's mayoral and city council races show Mayor Michael Quill and Councilor Jimmy Giannettino with secure leads, while the race between incumbent councilor Dia Carabajal and newcomer Timothy Locastro will likely come down to absentee ballots.
Quill secured his fourth term as mayor by taking 3,108 votes to repeat-challenger and former mayor Timothy Lattimore's 2,373 and newcomer Brett Tracy's 155, according to the Cayuga County Board of Elections.
At the Cayuga County Democratic Committee watch party at Auburn's Ancient Order of Hibernians, Quill said the theme of both his tenure as mayor and his campaign was teamwork.
"Everything revolves around teamwork, and that was demonstrated this year," Quill said.
Incumbents Giannettino and Carabajal, running on the Democrat and Working Families ballot lines, were both seeking their second terms on the council.
They were challenged in their bids by Adam Miller and Timothy Locastro, both on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines, and Libertarian Justin Burchard.
Giannettino had a safe lead Tuesday at 3,175 votes, while Locastro was ahead of Carabajal at 2,826 to 2,797.
Miller received 1,742 and Burchard 119.
At a watch party at A.T. Walley & Co., Locastro praised the people on his campaign when the early results came in.
"My people worked hard and they went out there and it paid off, hopefully," Locastro said. "There's still a long way to go, there's still a lot of absentee votes out there. Win, lose or draw, I'm going back to work tomorrow."
Carabajal similarly thanked everyone who helped on her campaign, and said she was still expecting to pull out a victory when absentee ballots are counted next week.
"I can look out here and see lots of people who have had their hands on my back while this has happened. For that, I am so grateful," Carabajal said.
According to the board of elections, there were 437 absentee ballots issued this election, with 296 turned in so far. The board will continue to accept absentee ballots that were post-marked by Tuesday until next Wednesday.
Lattimore, who was running his fourth rematch against Quill, said he loves the city of Auburn and was glad to see a fellow Republican get onto the council at least.
Political newcomer Tracy ran a campaign in which he promised to serve as a voice for residents, who he said were going unheard by the existing administration.
The central issue that arose in both the mayoral and council races could be boiled down to whether or not residents were happy with the way the city has been run for the past several election cycles.
In debates, billboards and speeches, the incumbents made their pitch to stay with the shared slogan of “steady leadership making progress for Auburn.” Carabajal, Giannettino and Quill each touted the city's work in cleaning up neighborhoods, protecting the city's drinking water, and revitalizing downtown.
A significant reason behind the success of those projects, the incumbents said, was due to the council's positive relationships with the state and their effective advocacy that had helped to secure state support in forms like the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative or the filtration system to protect water from harmful algal blooms.
Many of the same projects the city received state support for, however, were the focus of criticisms from the council challengers, and became something of a common theme among several of their campaigns. Miller, Locastro and Burchard were all critical of the city's acceptance of certain state mandates as stipulations for receiving funding.
The city, the challengers said, had ignored residents' concerns on such projects — the implementation of back-in parking and the location of the Equal Rights Heritage Center in particular — and promised they would more keenly listen to constituents if elected.
Locastro said he'd continue the campaigning practice of going door-to-door; Burchard described himself as the candidate that listens; and Miller said he would follow the agenda of voters rather than any of his own.
The mayoral race struck a similar but slightly different tone, as much of the opponents' platforms focused on jobs and economic development.
Lattimore, who served as mayor from 2004 to 2007, made attracting big industry back to the city a tentpole of his campaign. He said he hoped to utilize the city's closeness to major universities and colleges in order to connect Auburn to burgeoning tech industries, especially the growing drone industry in central new York.
A political newcomer, Tracy pitched his himself as a breath of fresh air for city government, saying his perspective was closer to residents' than his two opponents who both have spent years in public service.
On Tuesday, Tracy said he'd felt good about the race, noting that his opponents had decades more experience than him, and promised to run again in the future.