LEWISTON – In a three-way race for Village of Lewiston mayor, incumbent Terry C. Collesano came away with a narrow victory over challengers Jaime L. Symmonds and Jacqueline W. Lampman.
Both Symmonds and Lampman ran on independent lines after results from the Democratic Party caucus, which had nominated Symmonds for the top spot in April, were ruled ineligible due to improper filing.
Collesano received 255 votes, while Symmonds, who ran on the Voice for the Village Party, received 232 votes. Lampman, who ran on the Lewiston Village Party, received 53 votes.
Collesano, 74, a lifelong resident of the village, was seeking his second four-year term as mayor. Prior to that, he had served 20 years as village trustee, including 12 of those years as deputy mayor.
“I’m encouraged that the people still have confidence in me as well as my board. We will just continue doing what we have been doing, transparency and open government. We are always open to new ideas, said Collesano.
Symmonds, 37, also a lifelong Lewiston resident, would have been the first Democratic Party challenger in two decades if the nominations had been valid. She had previously served for four years on the Lewiston Planning and Historical Association and is active in several community organizations.
“The loss was tough. I really think I could have made a difference,” said Symmonds.
Lampman, who had fought against budget increases and spending in the village, said “I hope I’ve scared up enough interest to get people involved.”
Three trustees ran unopposed for re-election.
Deputy mayor and Trustee Bruce Sutherland, 67, received 159 votes and Trustee Victor E. Eydt, 62, received 284 votes. Both men were re-elected to their second four-year terms on the Village Board.
Trustee Daniel Gibson, 57, who was appointed in January to replace Dennis J. Brochey after he was elected Town of Lewiston supervisor, was elected with 288 votes to fill Brochey’s unexpired two-year term.