Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Wellsville Elects New Mayor & Three New Members of Council
There were tears of joy, sighs of relief, plenty of smiles and lots of hugs at the Haugh For Mayor campaign party held last night at the Wellsville Alumni Activities Center. The air was kind of tense with apprehension until a little after 8 o'clock last night when Jeff Haugh read the numbers for the first run-off. With an 80 point lead at that time things began to loosened up a little. It's amazing what can be accomplished with cell phones getting those results from a remote location.
Wellsville went to the polls yesterday. They elected a new mayor and three replacements for Council seats. Mrs. Susan Haugh took 41% of the 844 votes cast for Wellsville mayor yesterday. Mrs. Nancy Murray came in second with 30% of the vote. Haugh currently serves as a member of Wellsville Council. She is midway through her term on Council. A replacement will be named to fill her unexpired Council term. Murray is a political newcomer and is presently a part-time Village employee.
Out of three incumbents running for Wellsville Council only one was re-elected. There was a total of seven names on the ballot for Village voters to choose from to fill four spots. Tony Cataldo is the only incumbent winning re-election, getting 15.5% or 404 of the votes. Two former Council members will be returning. Don Brown garnered the most votes with 405. Diane Dinch came in third with 393 votes and political new comer John Morrow picked up the remaining spot with 376 votes. Losing in bids for re-election was Randy Allmon and John McMahon. Joe Soldano gave up his chance to be re-elected to Council and threw his hat in the ring in an unsuccessful bid for the Mayor's seat.
All the numbers quoted above have to be certified by the Board of Elections. The pictures in the collage are some of those attending the party last night. It's impressive to see the support of family, friends, cohorts and old classmates being shown for Mayor-elect Haugh last night. Mrs. Haugh is still nearly two months away from being sworn in and she has already made Wellsville history. She is the first female to ever be elected as Mayor of Wellsville.
Looking over the numbers Mayor-elect Haugh remarked the people of Wellsville have spoken. They want change.
Amen to that...
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