Virkler ahead in close GOP treasurer vote

LOWVILLE — Some very close races in the Lewis County Republican primary may ultimately be decided by absentee ballots.

In the county treasurer vote, Eric Virkler is the provisional winner over Denise Yost by only 29 votes, 765 to 736. Mr. Virkler will also be on the Conservative line and Ms. Yost will still be in the running as the Independence Party candidate against Democrat Christine R. Schwendy.

The clerk race was a decided victory for Jake Moser over John A. Healt, 977 to 496 votes. With this win, Mr. Moser clinched the position with no opposing candidate in November unless there is a write-in vote.

Ian W. Gilbert will be the District 4 Legislator Republican candidate after getting 113 votes to Thomas J. Schantz’s 54 votes. Mr. Schantz will be on the November ballot as an independent candidate under the party name The Farmer.

Richard Chartrand has won the Republican nomination for the District 5 Legislator position despite currently holding the position as a Democrat. Mr. Chartrand defeated competitor Erik J. Griffin 163 votes to 71 and will run unopposed in November.

Incumbent District 7 Legislator Gregory Kulzer won the nomination over challenger Joshua Leviker by only 12 votes, 95 to 83.

Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Shantz also competed in the Conservative primary for the District 4 legislator seat, but tied at two votes each. The candidate will be decided by the state Conservative Party Chairman Jerry Kassar.

The election results will be verified on July 3.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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