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McCormick & Murray victorious in GOP primary for Pierrepont town council seats

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PIERREPONT - With 50 votes each in Thursday night’s Republican Primary, Town Council incumbents Dahl R. McCormick and Roger H. Murray appear to have cruised to election wins in their quest to finish the remaining year of the unexpired terms they were appointed to this past winter.

A third participant in the primary, Chad R. VanBrocklin received 41 votes.

St. Lawrence County Board of Elections Democratic Data Management Technician Gordon Ward said that the deadline to submit nominations for Democratic challengers is Sept. 20. However since 10 days notice must be given prior to a caucus, it is likely that Mr. McCormick and Mr. Murray will be unopposed this fall.

“If they had one it could be challenged,” Mr. Ward said, referring to what could happen if the Democrats in Pierrepont were to at this point hold a caucus.

Should no one file a challenge, though, Mr. Ward said a caucus could still be held.

“If they did have a caucus, it could still go through if no one challenged it,” he said.

With that possibility still lingering, Mr. Murray said he wasn’t yet ready to declare victory.

“I would like to thank everyone for their support. Of course this is the first step in the process. Now we have the elections in November,” he said. “This doesn’t meant the work has stopped, it means it has just begun.”

Regardless of how the primary turned out, one of the candidates, Mr. McCormick was guaranteed a spot on the ballot, as he also submitted a Conservative party petition.

Both Mr. McCormick and Mr. Murray were appointed to the board in February.

Mr. Murray was appointed to replace Peter Hoyt, who resigned after serving for three months. Mr. Hoyt was appointed to the board to replace long-time councilman Carmen Casolara, who passed away last winter.

Mr. McCormick was appointed to the board to replace Thomas Latimer, after Mr. Latimer was elected town supervisor.

Attempts to reach Mr. McCormick for comment Friday afternoon were unsuccessful.

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