Two of the three contested Jamestown City Council races have yet to be decided.
In Ward 1, Brent Sheldon has a 28-vote lead over Tara Hall after Election Day, but 141 absentee ballots are still left to be counted. Absentee ballots will be opened starting Monday, Nov. 18. Sheldon was a candidate for the Republican and Conservative parties. Hall was running on the Democratic and Independent Taxpayers party lines. Sheldon so far has received 328 votes while Hall has received 300.
Sheldon previously served one term as a Ward 1 councilman from 1993-95. He said when he ran for re-election, that campaign also wasn't decided until absentee ballots were counted. Sheldon ended up losing that race, which he trailed before the absentee ballots were counted.
Gregory Rabb, Jamestown City Councilman-At-Large speaks with fellow City Council member Marie Carrubba and her husband, Doug Scotchmer. Carrubba, D-Ward 4, defeated Richard Elardo during Tuesday’s
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''I had to do it once before, but I'm more confident this time. It is nice to have the lead at this point,'' he said. ''Having the lead, I feel less nervous. It's now a waiting game.''
Hall said she too will be patient until the results are final. Hall is not new to politics either. She served as a Chautauqua County legislator for Jamestown from 2002-06.
''I'll wait as long as it takes,'' she said.
Incumbent Stephen Szwejbkia did not run for re-election in Ward 1.
In Ward 3, Tamara Dickey has a 3-vote lead over Regina Brackman. Dickey ran on the Republican and Conservative party lines. Brackman received the Democratic Party endorsement. This race will be determined by 79 absentee ballots. On Election Day, Dickey received 208 votes and Brackman had 205.
Dickey said she is excited to still have the opportunity to represent Ward 3.
''Ward 3 really showed up, and I'm looking forward to moving Jamestown from good to great,'' she said.
Brackman said she enjoyed getting out and meeting new people during the campaign.
''I want to help and work with the constituents to address their needs,'' she said.
Ward 3 incumbent Michael Taylor also chose not to run for re-election.
Ward 4 was the one contested race that was decided Tuesday. Marie Carrubba defeated Richard Elardo 587-417. Earlier this year, Carrubba was appointed to City Council after former councilman Vince DeJoy was selected to be the city's development director. Carrubba ran on the Democratic, Working Families and Independence party lines. Elardo was endorsed by the Republican and Conservative parties.
Carrubba said her victory was bittersweet because a majority of the Democratic candidates lost in races throughout the county.
''It is sad to see so many good candidates lose,'' she said.
Carrubba said she will work hard for the people of Ward 4, and help them when she can.
''I'm going to continue working with the constituents, dealing with their issues,'' she said.
Each of the three incumbent at-large council members have been re-elected to another two-year term. Gregory Rabb, City Council president, received 2,681 votes, and has served six years on the council. Kimberly Ecklund was elected to her sixth term, receiving 2,947 votes. George Spitale received 2,822 votes. Spitale is a retired employee of the city of Jamestown Department of Public Works where he served as the president of AFSCME Local 418.
In Ward 2, Anthony Dolce received 554 votes. Dolce has served on City Council for 18 years. In Ward 5, Maria Jones was re-elected, and will serve her fourth term on the council. Jones received 471 votes. In Ward 6, Paul Whitford received 446 votes. Whitford has served six years on the City Council.
Judge John L. LaMancuso was elected to his third 10-year term at Jamestown city judge. LaMancuso, who ran on the Democratic and Independence party lines, received 3,226 votes.