Primary results: Ducson Nguyen and Edward LaVigne win for Ithaca and Lansing

September 10, 2015 by Mark H. Anbinder

Preliminary results are in for today's primary contests leading up to the November 2015 general elections. The primary, usually the Tuesday after the second Monday of September, was rescheduled today to avoid the conflict with the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

In the Town of Lansing, Republican voters selected town council member Edward J. LaVigne by a nearly 85% vote over Christopher Williams for the Republican nomination for Town Supervisor. The four-year term will be elected at November's general election. LaVigne had 369 of the 436 votes cast, with 65 for Williams and two write-in votes.

Ducson Nguyen, candidate for Ithaca Common Council. Photo provided.Ducson Nguyen, candidate for Ithaca Common Council. Photo provided.The City of Ithaca's Second Ward, selecting a Democratic nominee for Alderperson to serve on Common Council, picked Ducson Nguyen over Isabelle M. Ramos by a 66% to 33% vote. Just 236 votes were cast in the Second Ward primary.

"For the past two months I've been targeting the 1,900 registered Democrats in the Second Ward," Nguyen tells us. "Heading into the general election there are another one thousand voters I want to bring my message to."

 "After knocking on so many doors and meeting so many new people in this amazing community, I am excited and inspired to serve you and the town we call home," Nguyen said on Thursday night. "November 3rd is the real deal," he added. "That means a lot more door knocking to meet voters face-to-face and listen to their concerns and hopes for the city," he says.

The oddly timed primary confused local voters, some of whom thought this was their opportunity to vote for candidates for the 2016 presidential election. The deadline to change your party affiliation for the presidential primary taking place in New York in April 2016 is October 9, 2015. Voters can register to vote or change their party affiliation using a form available at the Tompkins County Board of Elections web site.

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