The hotly contested race for Gardiner town supervisor looks to be in for a photo finish, with incumbent Marybeth Majestic hanging onto her seat by a 21-vote margin. Past midnight on Election Night, Majestic had 1,002 votes on the Republican and Conservative Party lines; challenger Lisa Lindsley was breathing down her neck with 981 votes on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality Party lines; and 124 absentee ballots plus an undetermined number of affidavits still remained to be counted.
Results were much clearer in the Gardiner Town Board race: Democrats solidified their majority by reelecting David Dukler to another term and restoring former councilman Warren Wiegand to the seat being vacated by Republican John Hinson. Both endorsed by the Working Families and Women’s Equality Parties as well as the Gardiner Democrats, Wiegand received 1,253 votes and Dukler 1,171. Their unsuccessful challengers were Republican/Conservative Jack Hayes, with 824 votes, and Pamela J. O’Dell, running on the Conservative line only, with 427. There were also two write-in votes for town board.
The rest of Tuesday night’s winners in Gardiner ran unopposed. Running on the Democratic, Republican and Conservative lines, longtime incumbent Michelle Mosher was reelected to her posts of town clerk and tax collector with 1,856 votes versus one write-in. Robert Rich got the nod for a second term as town justice with 1,751 votes on the Democratic, Republican, Working Families and Women’s Equality Party lines; two write-in votes were cast. And popular incumbent superintendent of highways Brian Stiscia will begin his first four-year stint in January, the Gardiner voters having agreed to double the length of the term for that post in 2016 and returned him to it in 2017 with 1,820 votes.