Kingston Mayor Steve Noble won a second four-year term in office Tuesday, beating out two challengers in what he described as an affirmation that Kingston was on the right track and behind his progressive agenda.
Fellow members of Noble’s Democratic “One Kingston” ticket also prevailed in three contested Common Council races while Democrats took another six council seats and the post of alderman-at-large in unopposed races.
According to unofficial results, Noble achieved an outright majority of 3,535 votes in the three-way contest. Vince Rua, running on the new Serve America Movement party line, came in second with 2,017 votes. Republican and Independence Party candidate Ellen DiFalco got 650 votes.
“We clearly were able to show that Kingston is moving in the right direction,” said Noble.
In Ward 1, incumbent Democrat Jeffrey Ventura Morrell beat out Republican and Independence Party candidate Ursula Inghem by a margin of 554 to 249 for a second two-year term. In Ward 3, incumbent and Common Council Majority Leader Rennie Scott-Childress fended off a challenge from Joe DiFalco 597-248. In Ward 5, Don Tallerman took 374 votes on the Democratic and Working Families Party lines, beating out Republican and Independence Party candidate Madeline Hoetger’s 184 votes. Tallerman will replace incumbent Democrat Bill Carey, who did not seek a fourth term in office.
Incumbents Douglas Koop (Ward 2), Rita Worthington (Ward 4) Anthony Davis (Ward 6), Patrick O’Reilly (Ward 7), Steve Schabot (Ward 8) and newcomer Michelle Hirsch (Ward 9) all took their seats unopposed. All are Democrats except O’Reilly, who is not enrolled in a political party. Also running unopposed was Andrea Shaut. Shaut, who currently serves as Ward 9 alderwoman, will become the first woman to occupy the post of alderman-at-large. She will replace longtime incumbent James Noble, who did not seek re-election.
Jesse J. Smith