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2018-11-07 / Front Page

Zeplowitz elected Amherst town clerk; McMahon wins 146th District seat

On Tuesday night, Republican Jeffery C. Zeplowitz was chosen by Amherst voters for the town clerk post.

While all of the results are still unofficial, the following is a list of election outcomes according to data from the Erie County Board of Elections.

Town clerk

Zeplowitz, who has worked as a legislative aide and was coordinator of Support Services in the New York State Legislature for more than 22 years, garnered 61 percent of the votes against current town deputy supervisor Francina J. Spoth.

He has worked in the private sector and is currently president of The Zeplowitz Group.

Zeplowitz also ran on the Independence and Reform party lines.

State races

In the race for the 146th District Assembly seat, Democrat Karen McMahon garnered 54 percent of the votes, defeating Republican incumbent Ray Walter. The 146th District includes the towns of Amherst and Pendleton and Village of Williamsville.

McMahon, who is a Village of Williamsville resident, also ran on the Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines.

The seat carries a two-year term.

In the 61st District of the state Senate, Republican incumbent Michael Ranzenhofer won re-election against Democrat Joan Seamans. Ranzenhofer had 54 percent of the votes in the district, which encompasses the towns of Amherst, Clarence and Newstead and the villages of Akron and Williamsville.

Ranzenhofer also ran on the Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines.

The seat carries a two-year term.

Congressional race

Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins garnered 74 percent of the votes against challenger Renee Zeno and was re-elected to the 26th Congressional District, which includes portions of Erie and Niagara counties.

Higgins also ran on the Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines.

The seat carries a two-year term.

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