Town primaries favor incumbents

ELIZABETHTOWN - In local town Republican primaries, those holding office were able to defeat their challengers and voters chose their candidate to run for the office of Westport supervisor.

Bruce Ware, a real estate broker in Westport, defeated retired State Police Captain Bruce Dunning in the primary for Westport town supervisor, winning 137 to 112. Ware said he will now turn his focus to hitting the pavement as he challenges incumbent Democrat Daniel Connell in the Nov. 3 general election.

"The work is now really beginning," he said, "because we've got to get out and talk to the people. I want to hear their ideas and their input."

Ware noted a lackluster showing by Republican voters in Westport. Out of 499 registered Republicans in the town, only 249 came out to the polls Sept. 15.

"We've got to get people engaged in the system again," he said.

In Willsboro, incumbent Lori Lincoln-Spooner turned back a challenge from her predecessor, Robert Ashline. Votes went 183 to 130 in Spooner's favor.

Spooner said she was pleased with the result, and plans to stay the course as she faces Ashline, who is also running as an independent, Nov. 3.

"I'm going to keep doing my job and hope for a favorable general election," she said, "so we can continue with the work we've been doing here the past two years."

Both Ware and Spooner thanked their supporters, particularly those in the Republican Party who bolstered them through the primary.

Other town elections favored incumbents as well. In Elizabethtown, highway supervisor Dennis Aubin defeated challenger Arthur Glenn Muller 157 to 42. Willsboro town justice Kenneth Coonrod beat his opponent, Gregg Dickerson, 205 to 122.

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