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63 write-in votes cast in Skaneateles village election

The current village board which will be together for the next two years. FROM LEFT: trustees Jim Lanning, Mary Sennett, Sue Jones, mayor Marty Hubbard, village clerk Patty Couch and trustee Marc Angelillo.

The current village board which will be together for the next two years. FROM LEFT: trustees Jim Lanning, Mary Sennett, Sue Jones, mayor Marty Hubbard, village clerk Patty Couch and trustee Marc Angelillo. Joe Genco

Village election results

Mayor:

Marty Hubbard, 114 votes (winner)

Write-in votes:

Jim Lanning, 40

Holly Gregg, 2

Sue Jones, 1

Peter Wiles, 1

Bob Green, 1

Trustee:

Mary Sennett, 138 votes (winner)

Marc Angelillo, 134 votes (winner)

Write-in votes:

Jim Moore, 4

Doug Sutherland, 3

Bruce Kenan, 3

Jim Gregg, 3

Megan Keady, 2

Carol Stokes-Cawley, 1

Bill Mahood, 1

John Macallister, 1

As expected, the three uncontested incumbents for village office were re-elected Tuesday, March 19, to four-year terms. Though the day was not without some intrigue, as 13 additional people received a total of 63 write-in votes for mayor and trustee.

Marty Hubbard received 114 votes for mayor, Marc Angelillo received 138 votes for trustee and Mary Sennett received 134 votes for trustee. A total of 147 ballots were submitted, village clerk Patty Couch said.

Five people received write-in votes for mayor and eight people received write-in votes for trustee. The influx of write-in votes was unusual for a village election, Couch said.

The biggest vote getter was current village trustee Jim Lanning who received 40 votes for mayor. Village trustee Sue Jones also received a vote for mayor as well as Holly Gregg, Peter Wiles and Bob Green.

Jim Moore received four write-in votes for trustee. Doug Sutherland, Bruce Kenan, Jim Gregg, Megan Keady, Carol Stokes-Cawley, Bill Mahood and John Macallister also received write-in votes for trustee.

Lanning said he was not responsible for a write-in campaign, though he was aware of some local groups who had said they would vote for him.

“I’m very flattered, and I’m thrilled that people want to get involved in the process,” he said.

Lanning said that he had briefly considered running for mayor, but decided he would not have time for campaigning. He said that the large number of write-in votes could have been a sign that people were frustrated that there was not a contested election.

Joe Genco is the editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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