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More on election results

Nov 04, 2009 6:17 am
Columbia County provided more election surprises tonight than Greene County, with Patrick Grattan (R) beating incumbent Doug McGivney (D) for Kinderhook supervisor by 800 votes, and the Town Council in Chatham going all Republican. In Claverack, Robin Andrews (D) beat 12-year-incumbent Jim Keegan (R) by seven votes, 888 to 881, although that may change when absentee votes are counted. Austerlitz supervisor George Jahn (D) also lost his office to Jeffrey Braley, 255 to 178.

In Greene County, the Athens race for Greene County Legislature became the talk of the county last week when Brent Bogardus, the Greene County Republican Party Chairman and Republican Election Commissioner, accused Democratic candidate Chris Pfister of killing a fawn in his backyard in a cruel manner. This surprising charge may have been enough to turn a toss-up race into a 50-vote victory for Pfister over longtime incumbent Ray Brooks. Before the Bogardus charge, the Catskill legislature race was the most watched, with Heart of Catskill's Linda Overbaugh first trying for a Republican spot in the race, and then not being able to hold that line because of a filing misstep, and then running with the rest of the Republicans on a third party line. Overbaugh was initially considered a sure thing by political insiders, but she did not seem very present during the campaign, and lost tonight to incumbent Democrat Forest Cotten, while the rest of her Republican comrades (Karen A. Deyo Keith W. Valentine and Joseph F. Izzo) won. In Durham, incumbent Sean Fry won again, as Republican Elsie Allan and Grass Roots of Durham candidate Les Armstrong split the more conservative votes.