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Wait till next week for Wilmington justice write-in race

Hope Smith-Holzer (Photo provided)

WILMINGTON — With no candidate on Tuesday’s ballot for one town of Wilmington justice position, the public won’t know if the only known write-in candidate has the job until next week, according to Essex County Board of Elections officials.

Hope Smith-Holzer, 37, recently launched a grassroots campaign to tell voters of her candidacy for the open town justice seat, she said Friday. Timothy Kurtz resigned in December, leaving the seat vacant. Robert Kirby holds the other justice position.

The Essex County Board of Elections tallied 35 write-in votes, according to unofficial results, but the write-in names are not included on the results list and won’t be announced until officials canvass the ballots next week, BOE officials said Tuesday. They will start canvassing — counting write-ins, absentee ballots and affidavits — starting Monday.

Smith-Holzer is a credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor for North Star Behavioral Health Services in Saranac Lake.