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Bashaw overtakes Sedota in Fredonia trustee race

EvaDawn Bashaw will apparently retain her seat on the Fredonia Village Board after initially trailing following last week’s general election.

Absentee and provisional affidavit ballots were counted Tuesday by the Chautauqua County Board of Elections. Bashaw, who was appointed to the village board earlier this year, was trailing her opponent, John Sedota, by a vote of 1,374 to 1,224 on the night of the election. However, with absentee and provisional affidavit ballots counted, Bashaw pulled ahead for the victory, securing an additional 541 votes to Sedota’s 306.

In total, Bashaw — on the Democratic and Working Parties lines — secured 1,765 votes with Sedota — on the Republican line — securing 1,680 votes.

The county Board of Elections said results remain unofficial because overseas voter ballots have until Monday, Nov. 16, to arrive if postmarked or affirmed by a witness no later than Election Day. Unscanned ballots continue to be reviewed, though very few may still be added to the totals.

In other races throughout the county, the addition of absentee and affidavit votes did not alter the outcome.

For county legislative District 1, Kevin Muldowney, R-Dunkirk, received 185 votes through absentee and affidavit for a total of 1,347 votes. His opponent, Phillip Collier, the endorsed Democratic candidate, received 253 additional votes for a total of 1,123 votes.

For county legislative District 10, Kenneth Lawton, a Republican, received 400 votes through absentee and affidavit for a total of 2,367 votes. His opponent, Zachary Agett, a Democrat, received 530 additional votes for a total of 1,576 votes.

In the village of Brocton, Arthur Miller will become the next mayor. Though no name was on the ballot, Miller received 89 total write-in votes, topping Carol Horlacher who received 10 total write-in votes; Drew Ransom received six votes; and Richard Frost and Bryan Woleben each received four votes. Ten other people received at least one write-in vote, according to the county Board of Elections.

For the two open seats of the Brocton Village Board, Craig Miller received 76 absentee and affidavit votes for a total of 490 votes. Mark Belcher received 33 additional votes after Tuesday’s count for a total of 345 votes. The pair defeated Horlacher, who after Tuesday, received 241 total votes.

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