Write-In Votes Determine Beekman, Fishkill Primary Outcomes Reviewed by Momizat on . DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. - Official results from the Dutchess County Board of Elections show that Republicans in Beekman won the Conservative Party nomination in t DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. - Official results from the Dutchess County Board of Elections show that Republicans in Beekman won the Conservative Party nomination in t Rating: 0
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Write-In Votes Determine Beekman, Fishkill Primary Outcomes

Write-In Votes Determine Beekman, Fishkill Primary Outcomes

DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. – Official results from the Dutchess County Board of Elections show that Republicans in Beekman won the Conservative Party nomination in the primary election by garnering only write-in votes. Additionally, a Republican candidate in the Town of Fishkill won the Conservative nod for Town Council thanks to write-in votes..

Democratic Beekman Town Supervisor Paul Curran was the only candidate listed on the ballot for the Conservative line for supervisor during the Sept. 10 primary. He received 23 votes. However, Councilwoman Barbara Zulauf, who is running as a Republican for supervisor, got 39 of 40 write-in votes to win the Conservative Party nomination 39-24. Zulauf, who also has the Independence Party line, will face Curran for supervisor in the general election on Nov. 5.

The same scenario took place in the race for Beekman Town Council where Democrats Alicia Turenchalk and Richard Colesanti, Jr. were the only candidates on the ballot for the Conservative Party primary. Both Democrats got one write-in vote each while Republicans Michael Delvecchio and Enzio Battaglini garnered 78 write-ins cast to gain the Conservative line. Delvecchio finished with 39 votes, Battaglini got 37, Colesanti got 27 and Turenchalk finished with 25 votes.
Battaglini and Delvecchio will run on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines in the general election while Turenchalk and Colesanti will run as Democrats for two open seats.

A similar situation for the Conservative line occurred in the Town of Fishkill. Republican Douglas McHoul won one of the two nominations getting 70 votes while fellow Republican, and write-in candidate for the Conservative line Felix Lopez got 54 votes. Democrat Thomas Knips, who was on the ballot, got 40 votes while Councilman Tim Tuttle, who was not on the ballot, got 18 write-in votes

McHoul and Lopez will run in the general election on the Republican and Conservative lines while Knips and Tuttle will run on both the Democratic and Independence lines for the two open seats on the Town Council.

Meanwhile, Fred Knapp, Jr. came up short in his bid for the Democratic nomination for the Poughkeepsie Common Council in the 6h District after absentee ballots were counted.

Knapp, the husband of Dutchess County Election Commissioner Frances Knapp who was indicted on 46 felony charges in July, officially lost the primary election to Sharon McClinton 81-77. Knapp was down 77-68 before absentee ballots were counted this week but the nine additional votes he received compared to four for McClinton were not enough to get him the nomination from local Democrats.

Gwen Johnson, the former chairwoman of the Poughkeepsie Common Council added 32 votes to her total as she officially won the Democratic nomination for Dutchess County Legislator in the 9th District over incumbent Stephen White. Official results show that Johnson beat White 388 to 156.

Official results show thatLaGrange Councilman Alan Bell won the Republican nomination for supervisor over former Dutchess County Legislator Sean Donahue 625-469. Bell garnered 27 votes from absentee ballots to Donahue’s 14. Donahue will still be on the ballot in November on the Conservative line as each candidate received three votes from absentee ballots making Donahue the winner 43-33.

For LaGrange Town Board, official winners for the Republican nomination are Edward Jessup, who is running for reelection, and  Supervisor Joseph Luna, who looking to return to the Town Board. Officially, Jessup received 720 votes, including 27 votes from absentee ballots. Luna got four absentee ballot votes for a total of 697, while challenger Kevin Donohue received 13 absentee votes for a total of 471.

Donohue did manage to squeak out one of the two nominations from the Conservative Party. Donohue and Jessup had 37 unofficial votes while Luna had 35 before absentee ballots were counted. Donohue and Luna each received three absentee votes while Jessup got five giving Jessup a total of 42 votes, Donohue 40, and Luna 38 in the tight race.

The final certified voting tally in other Dutchess County races::


City Council Ward 3 (contested on the Democrat line)

Robert Mallory 73

Kenneth Stickle 43

City Council Ward 7 (contested on the Democrat line)

Randall Johnson II 170

Zachary Martin 39


City Council Ward 2 (contested on the Democrat line)

Charles Kelly 98

Omar Harper 62


Supervisor (contested on Conservative line)

Theodore Jensen 14

Ryan Courtien 8

Town Council (contested on Conservative line)

Tyler Davis (write-in) 10

Kaye Surman (write-in) 10

Paul Palmer (write-in) 9

Linda French (write-in) 8


Town Board (contested on the Conservative line)

John Welsh 12

Steven Frazier 9

David McMorris (write-in) 3

County Legislature

District 1 – Town of Poughkeepsie (contested on the Conservative line)

Ellen Nesbitt 20

James Doxsey 5

District 13 – LaGrange, Union Vale, Wappinger (contested on the Conservative line)

Donna Bolner 40

Cathy Pritchard 12

District 16 – Fishkill, East Fishkill, Beacon (contested on the Conservative line)

Alison MacAvery 17

Robert Principe 13

District 24 – Dover, Union Vale (contested on the Independence line)

Alan Surman 17

Francis Gottron II 13

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About The Author

Greg Maker

Greg Maker is the Assistant Editor for Dutchess County for the Hudson Valley Reporter. He is a graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI with a bachelor's degree in journalism. A native of Harrison, NY, he has worked for a variety of publications across North America. During his journalism career, he has covered areas of Nebraska, British Columbia, Canada and Westchester County, NY. Most recently, he has covered the cities of New Rochelle and Mount Vernon in Westchester County. A passionate hockey fan, he has covered a variety of American Hockey League (AHL) players with feature articles for various publications across the United States and Canada. In 2009, he won an award from the New York Press Association (NYPA), for a feature article on a Peekskill man wrongfully convicted of murder. Having moved to Dutchess County recently, he is excited for the opportunity to not only cover but learn a new section of New York State. He can be reached at gmaker@hudsonvalleyreporter.com.

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