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Lowville trustee race deadlocked after Tuesday vote

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LOWVILLE — A village trustee race has apparently ended in a tie.

While Trustee Charles W. Truax Jr. unofficially earned another four-year seat Tuesday with 202 votes, Trustee Brian P. Western and challenger Danny L. Salmon, a past village mayor, apparently received 174 votes apiece after two counts of ballots, including absentees.

Village officials will consult with their attorney, Mark G. Gebo, today to decide how to determine who earns the second seat.

Also, in Croghan, Mayor Bruce Widrick earned another four-year term with 20 votes while Trustees William C. Shambo and Daniel Nuffer earned four-year terms with 16 and 12 votes, respectively. Trustee Dawn Ashline also earned a one-year seat with 16 votes.

Mr. Shambo was the lone village resident on the ballot as no one else filed nominating petitions. Other spots were decided through write-in votes.

Several other people received votes for the positions, including Lee Turck with six votes for trustee, but none gave a strong challenge to the incumbents, according to Village Clerk Elizabeth Jones.

Several other villages throughout the tri-county region held elections Tuesday, but all were uncontested.

Many hold their elections in November in conjunction with the general election.

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