OLEAN — Of the four seats on the city’s Common Council contested in Tuesday’s elections this year, two went to Democrats and two went to Republicans.
Though the results of the council elections were evenly split between the two parties, the Republicans secured the one win to give them control of the city’s governing body.
The biggest margin of loss happened in Ward 2, where incumbent Ann McLaughlin, D, W.F., I, defeated challenger Kevin Bartholomew, R, C, in a landslide victory of 350-140. Mr. Bartholomew’s loss for a seat on the council is his second, as he lost to Mike Kayes in 2009.
In Ward 6, veteran alderman Gary “Casey” Jones, D, C, lost to political newcomer Nate Smith, R, I, 223-136.
In Ward 7, Tom Morgan, R, defeated incumbent Frank Steffen 211-183. Mr. Steffen, president of the Common Council, had the endorsements of the local Democrat, Conservative and Independent parties.
Political newcomer Matt Keller, D,C,I, defeated Bob Sader, R, a former alderman, 171-61.
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