CARROLL – The Town of Carroll Supervisor retained his Republican nod of support during Tuesday’s primary election.
Supervisor Russell Payne toped challenger Laura Smith 191 to 110.
Payne, who previously defeated Smith in the 2019 general election, tells WNY News Now with this win he feels his reelection chances this fall greatly increase.
“I know she tries very hard to reach the citizens with her message, but I think one of my campaign supports said it best, ‘the town has spoken,’” said Payne. “I try to campaign on integrity and honesty format, people that know me, know that I am that.”
In other elections around Chautauqua County, Martin Proctor surpassed incumbent Bill Ward 285 to 105 for the Republican nomination for Chautauqua County Legislature District 18’s ticket.
In the primary race for Chautauqua County Legislature District 4, Susan Parker bested incumbent Christine Starks 151 to 32 for the Democrat nomination.
Dunkirk’s first Ward Representative Don Williams lost his Democratic primary nomination against Natalie Luczkowiak 427 to 266.
All the races will have a ‘rematch’ of sorts this fall, as the losing candidates are also running on a third party line.