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Paper ballots to determine upcounty races

Voters queue up in the Lake George Town Hall, waiting to cast ballots in the Nov. 6 General Election. Turnout was fairly heavy, and the waiting line at times extended through the town hall lobby out the entrance door.

Voters queue up in the Lake George Town Hall, waiting to cast ballots in the Nov. 6 General Election. Turnout was fairly heavy, and the waiting line at times extended through the town hall lobby out the entrance door. Photo by Thom Randall.

— This town board seat was held until May 2012 by Rebecca Hitchcock, then her by husband Bob after her death. Bob Hitchcock decided this summer not to run again for the post.

Another post in Thurman pending the tabulation of write-in votes is the town Justice position.

Sheila Flanagan, proprietor of Nettle Meadow Farms, is write-in candidate for town justice to succeed Riviello — but she is the only declared candidate.

In Stony Creek, independent town board candidate John Thomas trumped Republican candidate John F. O'Neill by a machine-ballot tally of 180 to 154.

Attempts to reach Thomas on Election Day were unsuccessful, but O’Neill predicted that the vote could be overturned by the absentee ballots yet to be counted.

“I am absolutely hopeful things will go in my direction,” he said. O’Neill, who’s active on three emergency responder agencies in the area, defeated John Fieldstadt 34-27 in the September primary election.

Thomas is a self-employed contractor who owns a campground and runs a sawmill. Active in the community, he is former chief and a current trustee of the Stony Creek Volunteer Fire Company. Thomas serves on the local library board and volunteers as a Boy Scout leader. He said recently that if elected, he intends to look into expanding local services if possible.

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