Local Election

Strong write-in showing delays Cary Village Board election results

CARY – The victors of the five-way Cary Village Board race remained unknown early Wednesday morning because of a strong showing by write-in candidates.

More than half of the 4,179 votes cast according to unofficial totals went to write-in candidates. But the County Clerk as of early Wednesday morning had not yet assigned the votes to James Cosler and Kimberly Covelli, who ran write-in campaigns for the three open seats.

Three newcomer candidates – Erin Hauck, Ellen McAlpine and Steven Degnan-Schmidt – appeared on the ballot. They received 652, 732 and 580 votes, respectively.

Anger over the Pedcor apartment complex, which will use low-income housing tax credits to help pay for its construction, likely fueled the strong write-in vote. Cosler led the citizens’ group opposed to the project – Hauck, McAlpine and Degnan-Schmidt have spoken at board meetings in support of the project.

Vote totals Tuesday night did not include provisional and late-mail ballots, which have yet to be counted. Election authorities have two weeks after the election to receive and count votes.

None of the three incumbents – Bruce Kaplan, Robert Bragg and Karen Lukasik – sought re-election.

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