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Write-in candidates wait to learn fate

Andy Ouriel • Nov 6, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Problem is, nobody right now can claim victory nor etch his or her name in the record books for another two weeks.

Two write-in candidates vied for one of three contested seats.

Incumbents Matt McClester and James Mark Suhanic secured the other two seats, according to unofficial results from Erie and Huron counties.

But election officials must actually divvy up the 429 votes either going to Greg Cumston or Holly Kamm.

Voters had to write their chosen candidate’s name on the ballot, if they favored Cumston or Kamm.

Election officials need two weeks to count all 429 write-in ballots, record each name scribbled by voters on the write-in line and determine who won a majority of these votes, said Chris Marinko, an Erie County Board of Elections member.

Marinko expects a winner to be named sometime between Nov. 18-20.

Erie County Board of Elections director Jen Ferback said, to the best of her knowledge, a write-in candidate has never won a political office in Erie County.

The delay isn’t bothering one write-in candidate.

“It’s not getting to me,” Cumston said. “It will be nice to know in two weeks.”

For the other, it’s a bit nerve-racking.

“I would like to know sooner rather than later,” Kamm said. “I’m anxious in a positive way, and I’m hoping for a good result.”

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