Fleming and Odell each on three ballot lines
By Chip Rowe
After primaries for the Conservative and Women’s Equality parties on Sept. 13, nothing much changed for the November ballot in the race for Putnam County Executive.
Maureen Fleming, the Democratic candidate, had filed an “opportunity to ballot” on the Conservative Party line, hoping that more of the county’s 1,831 registered party voters who made it the polls would write in her name than vote for incumbent MaryEllen Odell, who received the party’s endorsement. But Odell received 292 of the 363 votes cast, with 71 write-ins that presumably went to Fleming.
At the same time, Odell filed an opportunity to ballot petition to campaign for the write-in vote on the line of the Women’s Equality Party, which endorsed Fleming. In that contest, Fleming received three votes and there were no write-ins, according to the unofficial tally by the Putnam County Board of Elections.
As a result, Fleming, the Kent Town supervisor, will appear on the Democratic, Reform and Women’s Equality lines on the November ballot, while Odell will appear on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines.