BATAVIA – In a rare exception where incumbents usually prevail, the Genesee County Legislature may see two newcomers when the next two-year term begins.
One is for sure: Esther G. Leadley, who has represented the towns of Alexander, Bethany and Pavilion for 15 years, lost her bid for re-election after she was denied the usual Republican endorsement.
Instead, that went to Gregg H. Torrey, who won by a vote of 706-314. That was not unusual with Republicans holding a more than 2-1 lead in registration in the county.
Edward DeJaneiro Jr., who has represented two city wards for 10 years and is the only Democrat on the body, is in a dead heat with F. Robert Bialkowski, a former member of the City Council. The vote totals are 361-341, with DeJaneiro holding a 20-vote edge.
However, with 120 mail-in ballots to be counted in the coming weeks, the outcome remains in doubt.
There were only two other contests in the nine-member body. Rochelle M. Stein of Le Roy beat Earl W. Funderburk, and the city’s Marianne Clattenberg triumphed over two challengers. Both are Republicans.
Sixth Ward Councilwoman Rose Mary Christian was among nine candidates for three City Council at-large seats. She lost but will retain her ward seat on the Council.