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Boisen, Bartley retain leads in supervisor elections

Essex, E-town results unchanged after absentee ballot county

Elizabethtown Supervisor candidates Noel Merrihew III and Margaret "Maggie" Bartley watch as members of the Essex County Board of Elections count absentee ballots Nov. 16.

Elizabethtown Supervisor candidates Noel Merrihew III and Margaret "Maggie" Bartley watch as members of the Essex County Board of Elections count absentee ballots Nov. 16. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Two local races for town supervisor did not have their outcomes changed after the tallying of absentee ballots.

Sharon Boisen, incumbent Essex supervisor, increased her lead dramatically, taking 26 of the 37 absentee ballots to take a 176-149 lead over challenger Frank Walls.

In Elizabethtown, Margaret “Maggie” Bartley also added to her lead, with a 28-21 advantage in the absentee ballots and a 254-238 lead over incumbent Noel Merrihew III.

Both towns currently have one military ballot that was requested and has yet to be counted.

The ballots were counted by the Essex County Board of Elections Nov. 16 at 9 a.m. (Elizabethtown) and 11 a.m. (Essex).

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Essex County Board of Elections officials and Essex candidates Frank Walls and Sharon Boisen wait as the absentee ballots are tabulated.

In Essex, one ballot was challenged and not opened, while another was opened and not counted because the markings on the sheet were not proper.

Walls, who said that he would rather wait until after the absentee ballots were cast to comment, said that he felt the outcome was not going to change.

“I would like to thank all the people who voted and supported me,” Walls said in a statement. “I am glad that I got to meet and learn about so many of my neighbors during my campaign.”

Walls also said he was pleased with his support group.

“I’m proud of the way we ran our campaign with integrity,” Walls added.

Boisen is set to start her second term as supervisor in Essex, while Bartley unseated Merrihew, who had been a five-term supervisor and former chairman of the County Board of Supervisors.

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