FULTON – During Election Day, the people of Fulton voted out the Common Council incumbents for the 2nd, 4th and 5th wards.
In the 2nd Ward, Douglas Chapman (R) won with 91 votes against opponents Incumbent David Ritchie (C) and Ernesto Garcia (D), who won 77 and 81 votes respectively.
John Kenyon (C) beat 4th Ward Incumbent Samuel Vono (R) with 210 votes; Vono won 165 votes.
Kenyon said he is excited to work with the rest of the council and is anxious to get to work after Jan. 1. He said the past few months has opened his eyes to the rest of the ward while he went door to door, and there are things that he can help to move along.
“All in all, it’s quite a learning process and I think I underestimated the work involved, but I certainly don’t regret it,” Kenyon said.
Vono said he respects Kenyon for telling him in person he would be running against him this election.
“That is the type of man that I will gladly hand over the chair that I’m sitting in right now when Jan. 2020 arrives,” Vono said. “I admire and respect any individual who has the nerves, the will and energy to step up to plate and swing for the fence to hit a home run for our city… I will continue to be an advocate for our City of Fulton in any way that I can”
After narrowly losing the last election with absentee ballots, Audrey Avery (R) beat 5th Ward Incumbent Dennis Merlino (D) with 224 votes; Merlino won 181 votes.
“I feel like I can do a great job,” Avery said. “I’m going to do everything that I can for my neighborhood, for my ward and the city… Things are looking up. I think things are going to be moving forward quickly after Jan. 1.”
Avery said it has been a long road with many ups and downs and thanks the Republican Committee, the Conservative Committee, her husband, her friends and family, her constituents, Mayor-Elect Deana Michaels and Towpath Towers for their support throughout the campaign.
First Ward Councilor Tom Kenyon (C), 3rd Ward Councilor Don Patrick, Jr. (D, C), and 6th Ward Councilor Lawrence Macner (D, R, C) all ran uncontested and retained their seats.
Absentee ballots have not been taken into consideration yet, so the results are subject to change.
There will be a Common Council meeting tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Municipal Building court room.
Oswego County Today is waiting for the rest of the candidates to respond with their thoughts at this time and will update this article as they get back to us.