Sundquist Becomes Jamestown’s Next Mayor, City Council Leans Republican

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JAMESTOWN – Democrats remain in control of the City of Jamestown’s Mayoral seat after Lawyer Eddie Sundquist defeated Republican County Legislator David Wilfong and Libertarian City Councilman Andy Liuzzo Tuesday night.

Sundquist defeated Wilfong with over 2,500 votes, with almost 50% of the ballots.

Wilfong had 1,959 votes, 38.7% while Liuzzo garnered 574 votes 11.4%.

Mayor Elect Sundquist told WNYNewsNow’s Joana Leamon he is very thankful for the voters.

“I cannot thank them enough, that the City of Jamestown has put their trust in me as their new mayor,” said Sundquist. “I’m excited for the future that we’re going to have together as we grow our city.”

Sundquist is expected to announce more about his transition team in the next few weeks.

Leading up to the historic election, longtime Democrat Mayor Sam Teresi retired after 20 years of political service.

Although, Sundqusit will likely work with a slight Republican majority in the city council.

Republican Incumbent Kimberly Ecklundm (2,721 votes, 19.9%), and political newcomer and longtime Jamestown Police Officer Jeff Russell (2,483 votes, 18.2%) were elected in the at-large race for city council.

Democrat Tamu Graham-Reinhart (2,173 votes, 15.9%) was also elected in the at-large contest after she was appointed to the lawmaking body late last year.

In the ward races, Ward I incumbent Brent Sheldon held off a strong challenge from Timothy Smeal winning 355 to 348, but early votes and absentee ballots could play a factor.

In Ward II, incumbent Anthony Dolce was re-elected 604 (70.8%) to 248 (29.1%) against challenger Thomas Vitale.

In Ward III, Victoria James ran unopposed and received 280 votes (97.9%).

Ward IV, and incumbent Council President Marie Carrubba bested Brittany Spry, 630 (52.2%) to 576 (47.7%).

Ward V saw Grant Olson unseat Maria Jones by a total of 495 (55.5%) to 397 (44.5%).

Ward VI belongs to Thomas Nelson who garnered 541 (99.6%) unopposed.

WNYNewsNow’s Joana Leamon and Dakota Hunter contributed to this report.


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