QUEENSBURY Primary election results on Tuesday offered some surprises throughout Warren County as voters decided who would be on the November ballot to represent various parties.
In Thurman, former Town Supervisor John Haskell scored an apparent victory over incumbent Supervisor Evelyn Wood by a wide margin to secure the Republican line, and in neighboring Warrensburg, incumbent town supervisor Kevin Geraghty topped former town supervisor Maynard Baker by a machine vote of 180 to 150 to be the official G.O.P. candidate. The results are not final, as there are up to 48 absentee ballots to be counted in Warrensburg, and a fair number not yet tallied in Thurman as well.
The two contests will be repeated in November, as Wood has secured the endorsement of the Democrat, Conservative and Independence parties, and Baker has secured an independent line.
Wood said that although the vote Tuesday night showed a large majority for her opponent, November could have a far different outcome.
“Only half of the Republican voters turned out,” she said. She added that her support was strong throughout the entire electorate, and in November the independents and Democrats would be casting their votes primarily for her.
“When everyone can vote, a different story will unfold,” she said.
Wood said she was undeterred in her effort to be re-elected.
“We’re carrying on, moving into the next phase of the election cycle,” she continued.
Haskell said he was pleased with the results, and he thanked local citizens who’d campaigned hard for him as well as two town board candidates who also called for change in town government — Daniel Smith and Mike Eddy. They also scored apparent victories. Smith came out on top with 188 votes, Eddy received 145 votes, and incumbent Charles Bills was last with 88.
Haskell said that his win — and the victories — indicated the voters wanted a town board that was responsive to their will.