Kelles, Nguyen, and Myrick win in Ithaca, LaVigne in Lansing in early election results

November 3, 2015 by Mark H. Anbinder

"It's been an honor serving on the legislature," said Nathan Shinagawa on Tuesday night, conceding his race for the 2nd District seat on the Tompkins County board to challenger Anna Kelles. "I'm looking forward to working with my opponent, Anna Kelles, who is now going to be my representative!"

The two were vying for the seat left vacant by the resignation of Kathy Luz Herrera in September. Democratic nominee Shinagawa, who lost a congressional bid against Republican Tom Reed in 2012, cast the race against Kelles, running on the Ithaca Community line, as a contest between generations. With all election districts reporting, unofficial Tompkins County Board of Election results show Kelles with 56% of the vote.

In the 4th District, unofficial results show 118 write-in votes to 91 votes for the sole official candidate for the county legislator seat, Democratic party nominee and student Elie Kirshner. He had been challenged by Rich John, who had vied for the Democratic nomination against Kirshner, and then encouraged supporters to write in his name for the general election. The two were seeking the seat vacated by Shinagawa when he moved from Collegetown to Fall Creek.

Ducson Nguyen. Photo provided.Ducson Nguyen. Photo provided."Well, we did it!" That was the message from Ducson Nguyen, running for the 2nd Ward seat on Ithaca's Common Council, who defeated Ithaca Downtown candidate Sean Gannon today. In early reporting, Nguyen led with about 70% of the vote to Gannon's 28%, with 13 write-in votes making up just shy of 2%.

With most of the City of Ithaca's election districts reporting, we expect Svante Myrick, running on the Democratic and Working Families party lines, will easily win his re-election bid for mayor. The popular young politician agrees; he has already delivered a victory speech.

Mayor Myrick. 14850 file photo.Mayor Myrick. 14850 file photo.With no official opponent, Mr. Myrick faced write-in opposition from Phoebe Brown, who said a democratic society should not have an incumbent, however popular, running unopposed for re-election. With 80% of districts reporting as of press time, Myrick leads with over 88% of the vote. There are 228 write-in votes, or about 11% of the ballots counted, so far.

Democratic party candidate Jason Leifer appears to have defeated Independence party candidate Craig R. Schutt for Town of Dryden town supervisor.

In the Town of Lansing, town board member Republican candidate Edward J. LaVigne appears to have unseated Democratic nominee and incumbent Kathy Miller with over 53% of the vote.

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