WARRENSBURG - The primary elections in Warren County yielded surprises Sept. 15, as challengers surpassed incumbents in several of the races.
Also, in several contests in the region, several popular politicians - lacking backup party endorsements- were knocked off the November ballot.
In Warrensburg, Former Town Supervisor and funeral home owner Maynard D. Baker (R,I) won a surprising 300-271 margin over incumbent Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty (R,C), long-time public servant, for a four-year term. Baker campaigned on cutting spending and taxes. Both are back in November, as Geraghty has the Conservative Party endorsement. Geraghty served for many years as a town conuncilman before winning the Supervisor post four years ago.
In the town of Bolton, Republican Ronald Conover (R,Ic.), a retired city planner and a newcomer to politics, received 350 votes, winning a hefty margin of 350 to 118 over former town supervisor Alexander "Zandy" Gabriels.
For Warrensburg Town Board, funeral home owner John Alexander (R) led three candidates with 310 votes, with former town Planning Board member and chair Bryan Rounds (R) a close second at 307, followed by insurance executive Joseph Barlow, R,C,I) with 254 votes. All will be back in November.
Competition was heated in Lake George, where five Republicans were vying to be their party's representative for two Town Board seats.
Incumbent Vinnie Crocitto (R,Ic), councilman since 2002, topped the roster with 263 votes, followed by a surprisingly strong showing by former Planning and Zoning coordinator Fran Heinrich (R,Ic) with 209, former Town Board member George McGowan (R,C) with 187, followed by local businessman John Carr (R) at 163, and former Town and Janie Green (R,D) with 68. Since he had no supplementary endorsement, Carr's name won't be on the ballot in November, but the rest will be back. In the general election, they'll be joined in the race by Marisa Muratori, a former Lake George Village trustee who is a Republican, but running under a Democratic label.