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Politicians Magee, Hanna, Gillibrand keep seats

— While area election officials wait to count absentee ballots, the unofficial numbers show that incumbent politicians in the New York State Assembly, as well as United States Congress and Senate each received enough votes on Election Day, Nov. 6, to keep their seats for another term.

Assemblyman Bill Magee, a democrat who represents the 121st District, beat out republican newcomer Levi Spires, and is preparing to serve his 12th two-year term in office. With a total of 97 out of 98 precincts reporting, the unofficial election numbers show Magee received 26,476 votes to Spires’ 17, 134 votes.

“We just want to congratulate Assemblyman Magee and thank supporters for such a great campaign,” Spires said on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Magee is a resident of the nearby municipality Nelson, and chair of the NYS Assembly Agriculture Committee. A longtime supporter of area farmers and the agricultural community, Magee said he hopes to see the industry continue to grow.

“I’m pleased with the win. I look forward to the opportunity to go back to Albany and work with the governor on many issues, and hopefully represent agriculture once again in the state,” Magee said after the election.

Republican Congressman Richard Hanna clinched another term as the representative for the 22nd congressional district, which locally covers Madison, Oneida, Chenango and Cortland counties, among others. With 561 of 562 precincts reporting, Hanna has received 133,143 votes while his challenger, democrat Dan Lamb, received 87,710 votes.

Hanna spent nearly three decades as an Upstate New York business leader before entering the world of politics in November 2010. He serves on three House committees, including Small Business, Education and the Workforce as well as Transportation and Infrastructure – where he acts as vice chairman of the largest subcommittee – Highways and Transit. He will serve a two-year term as congressman in the newly-drawn 22nd Congressional District.

Although just 75 percent of the votes have been counted, Senator Kristen Gillibrand was awarded her first, full six-year term as senator after topping republican challenger Wendy Long with 3.26 million votes, to Long’s or 1.28 million votes.

Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at 434-8889 ext. 338 or editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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