New Windsor council race `close' as ballots are tallied

Incumbents win votes in nearby Union Bridge

May 12, 1999|By Mary Maushard | Mary Maushard,SUN STAFF

Election officials in New Windsor were still counting ballots late last night in the Town Council election, with one town official saying the five-person race was tight.

About half of the town's 640 registered voters cast ballots in the race, which pitted three incumbents against two challengers for three seats.

With about 300 ballots to count, election officials said about 10 p.m. -- two hours after the polls closed -- that they could not release election results.

"It's pretty close," said Ragen L. Cherney, the town's chief of staff.

In nearby Union Bridge, the unopposed incumbent mayor and two councilmen were re-elected with slightly more than 100 of that town's 430 registered voters casting ballots.

Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr. was returned to office for a third term, and Councilmen Bret D. Grossnickle and Donald Wilson were re-elected. Vote counts in Union Bridge were not available last night.

In New Windsor, incumbent Ronnie Blacksten was looking for a second full term after being appointed to the five-person council in 1992. Terry Petry was seeking a third term and Paul G. Garver a second.

They were being challenged by Kevin G. Null, who ran unsuccessfully four years ago, and Samuel Pierce, who narrowly lost a mayoral race to Jack A. Gullo Jr. two years ago. This was Pierce's first council campaign.

Null and Pierce said they wanted more communication between council members and town residents. Null said he knew he faced an uphill battle but added,"I believe in being involved in the community. People deserve a choice."

Pub Date: 5/12/99

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