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It’s Over! The Voters Have Spoken, Khalid Bey Wins with 75.3%, Green Party Falls Short

Election Day is in the history books. On the ballot, an NYS Assembly vacancy, Syracuse City elected offices, Onondaga County Executive, the Onondaga County Legislature and others such as District Attorney had no opponents.   It is also known as an, “off year” election, this is when turnout is low because there’s no Presidential Election to draw more people to the process.

What happened?

The Syracuse Common Council races are heavily democratic leaning. In Syracuse’s 2nd District, Green Candidate, Frank Cetera  ran an aggressive campaign challenging incumbent Chad Ryan.  Cetera came up short denying the Green Party a hoped for Common Council seat in Syracuse.  Green Party candidates have challenged democrats increasingly in recent years with no electoral victory to date. However, they’re fielding more candidates each year in local elections.

Pam Hunter
Assemblywomen-elect, Pamela Hunter

Pamela Hunter won the Assembly seat vacated by Sam Roberts as he took a position in Governor Cuomo’s administration.  Pamela J Hunter received 10,184 (53.62%) to John Sharon’s 6,762 (35.60%).  Conservative Party candidate David Scott received 2,025 (10.66%).  Hunter contacted voters with multiple mailings and an aggressive Get-Out-The-Vote effort in the democratic voter rich 17th ward. Union support also played a role in her victory over republican John Sharon.  Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney easily best her opponent Toby Shelley, garnering 59.49% of the votes.

It Ain’t Easy Being Green

One comment heard repeatedly during this campaign, is the desire of many voters to have Howie Hawkins in elective office. He’s run campaigns for 4th District Councilor, Governor of New York,  and Syracuse City Auditor, just to name a few. However, there’s a desire for Howie Hawkins to run for an obtainable seat such as City of Syracuse, Councilor-At-Large, many voters have stated they would be eager to have him on Syracuse’s Common Council.

Syracuse City Council Did the “Oprah” effect Happen?

Councilor-At-Large, Helen Hudson
Councilor-At-Large, Helen Hudson

Khalid Bey (DEM, WOR, REF) won re-election to his third term representing the 4th Council District beating his opponents, winning a whopping 75.3% of the vote. Mary Nelson, who had the support of Onondaga County Executive, Joanie Mahoney, fell short with only 20.32% of the vote. Even a visit from Oprah couldn’t help Ms. Nelson win the council seat.

The big winner last night was Syracuse Common Councilor-At-Large, Helen Hudson, easily winning with 11, 553  votes, more than anyone on the ballot. Placing Hudson in contention for the next mayoral race since Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner, is term limited.

Another winner is Mark D Muhammad, who was appointed to fill a vacancy, retains his Commissioner of Education seat in his first electoral outing.

Below are some unofficial results from November 3rd’s General Election, these represent a few of the races in the area, for a complete list click  Here

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CITY AUDITOR

City of Syracuse: reported: 136 of 136 100.00%
Ballots: 16,525

Martin D Masterpole (DEM, WOR, REF) 9,358 64.97%
DEM 8,297 57.60%
WOR 914 6.35%
REF 147 1.02%
Howie Hawkins (GRE) 5,015 34.82%
Write-in 31 0.22%

Total 14,404 100.00%

COUNCILOR – DISTRICT 4

City Council District 04: reported: 25 of 25 100.00%
Ballots: 2,472

Khalid Bey (DEM, WOR, REF) 1,669 74.88%
DEM 1,453 65.19%
WOR 202 9.06%
REF 14 0.63%
Mary A Nelson (IND) 453 20.32%
L Micah O Dexter II (NPP) 95 4.26%
Write-in 12 0.54%

Total 2,229 100.00%

COUNCILOR-AT-LARGE

City of Syracuse: reported: 136 of 136 100.00%
Ballots: 16,525

Helen D Hudson (DEM, WOR) 11,553 43.77%
DEM 9,904 37.52%
WOR 1,649 6.25%
Steven P Thompson (DEM, WOR) 10,886 41.24%
DEM 8,985 34.04%
WOR 1,901 7.20%
Lance D Denno (GRE) 3,808 14.43%
Write-in 150 0.57%

Total 26,397 100.00%

COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION

City of Syracuse: reported: 136 of 136 100.00%
Ballots: 16,525

Mark D Muhammad (DEM) 8,437 16.69%
Dan Romeo (DEM, WOR) 10,185 20.15%
DEM 8,430 16.68%
WOR 1,755 3.47%
Rita Paniagua (DEM) 8,027 15.88%
Katie Sojewicz (DEM, WOR) 11,333 22.42%
DEM 9,067 17.94%
WOR 2,266 4.48%
Raymond T Blackwell (GRE) 3,540 7.00%
Caleb S Duncan (GRE) 3,024 5.98%
Max Ruckdeschel (WOR) 3,012 5.96%
Latoya Allen (WOR) 2,804 5.55%
Write-in 182 0.36%

Total 50,544 100.00%

MEMBER OF ASSEMBLY – 128TH DISTRICT

Assembly 128: reported: 121 of 121 100.00%
Ballots: 20,024

Pamela J Hunter (DEM) 10,184 53.62%
John W Sharon (REP, IND, REF) 6,762 35.60%
REP 5,988 31.53%
IND 699 3.68%
REF 75 0.39%
David M Stott (CON) 2,025 10.66%
Write-in 22 0.12%

Total 18,993 100.00%

COMPTROLLER

Onondaga County: reported: 427 of 427 100.00%
Ballots: 70,748

James N Romeo (DEM) 23,798 35.69%
Robert E Antonacci II (REP, CON, IND, REF) 42,819 64.22%
REP 30,430 45.64%
CON 7,376 11.06%
IND 4,590 6.88%
REF 423 0.63%
Write-in 56 0.08%

Total 66,673 100.00%

 

COUNTY CLERK

Onondaga County: reported: 427 of 427 100.00%
Ballots: 70,748

Kerin Rigney (DEM) 25,243 38.55%
Lisa Dell (REP, CON, IND, REF) 40,193 61.37%
REP 28,641 43.73%
CON 7,142 10.91%
IND 4,031 6.16%
REF 379 0.58%
Write-in 53 0.08%

Total 65,489 100.00%

COUNTY EXECUTIVE

Onondaga County: reported: 427 of 427 100.00%
Ballots: 70,748

Toby Shelley (DEM, CON, REF) 27,578 40.12%
DEM 18,128 26.37%
CON 8,745 12.72%
REF 705 1.03%
Joanie Mahoney (REP, IND) 40,897 59.49%
REP 34,772 50.58%
IND 6,125 8.91%
Write-in 266 0.39%

Total 68,741 100.00%

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