TUPPER LAKE - Village voters chose Republican candidates for trustee, but local Democratic Party officials were excited that one of their party picked up a seat on the town board.
David Tomberlin, a Democrat, will join Patricia Littlefield, a Republican, as the two new representatives on the town council, garnering 671 and 787 votes, respectively. They beat out James Facteau, who got 380 votes, and Eric Shaheen, who got 352, and will replace Shawn Stuart and Jay Skiff, who both decided to retire from the board.
In the village, incumbent Leon LeBlanc, a Republican, pulled in 440 votes and Republican Rick Donah received 380, beating out Democrats George Robinson Sr. with 206 votes and Cliff Levers with 203.
Tupper Lake Republican election winners pose Tuesday night at their party’s election night headquarters at the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post: from left, Rick Donah, Patricia Littlefield, Paul Maroun, Leon LeBlanc and William Dechene.
(Enterprise photo — Jessica Collier)
Still unclear is the fate of Marty Hughes, a Republican who had decided not to run for re-election but launched a write-in campaign last week when he changed his mind. Write-in numbers won't be available for several days.
Unless Hughes wins, LeBlanc and Donah will sit on the village board with mayor-elect Paul Maroun, who is also Tupper Lake's representative on the Franklin County Board of Legislators. Maroun, who ran uncontested after current Mayor Mickey Desmarais decided not to run, pulled in 616 votes.
All vote counts were unofficial Tuesday night.
Village Justice Michael Demars and town Clerk Laurie Fuller, Superintendent of Highways Billy Dechene and Justice Leonard Young III all ran unopposed to retain their positions.
Despite the sweep of the village board, local Democratic Party brass were happy and celebrating at their gathering at Tyler's New York Pizzeria.
"We got one in," Tupper Lake party head Rick Dattola declared after the results came in.
He said the candidates his party ran were good, were running for the right reasons and were good to work with. He also said he was happy they were able to find candidates to run this year.
"We had a full slate, which is huge," Dattola said. "That's a battle right there."
With a town turnout of about 1,050, Dattola said he didn't think it was a bad number for an election year in which only local elections were on the ballot.
He also said he's excited about Tomberlin, saying he will be a big help to town Supervisor Roger Amell.
Amell, also a Democrat, said he's looking forward to working with Tomberlin.
"David's a great person," Amell said. "He'll be an asset to the board. Patty (Littlefield)'s the same."
Tomberlin said he looks forward to making a positive impact on the town and working with people on both the town and village boards.
"It looks like the folks elected are really good folks," Tomberlin said.
At Republican headquarters at the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post Tuesday night, Littlefield filled in the election results on two charts on the wall as party volunteers reported back from each of Tupper Lake's six voting districts.
Littlefield, a corporate compliance officer for a nonprofit agency that provides home care to people in need, said she is thrilled with the results.
"Glad the numbers worked out for us," Littlefield said.
She said she appreciates everyone who helped her in her campaign and supported her, and she's ready to get to work.
LeBlanc also thanked his supporters and said he will do his best to serve the village for another two years.
"It's going to be a pleasure to work with Paul (Maroun) and the rest of the board again," LeBlanc said.
Donah, who runs P-2's Irish Pub with his significant other, owner Michelle LeBlanc Blair, was nervous as he waited for results to come in but was all smiles once he saw higher numbers in his row on the chart.
He said he wants people to know that he's always open to listening to people's concerns; they can reach him at his website, www.donah.com.
"I'm looking forward to working with the village and new town board to build on the momentum Tupper Lake has had over the past few years," Donah said. "Good things are coming our way."
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