Nedzad Smajic drops out of Utica Common Council race

By By ANDREW DONOVAN

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Nedzad Smajic announced Sunday that he has dropped out of the race for the Utica Common Council 1st District. Friday, the State Appellate Court decided in favor of opponent Frank Vescera for the Democratic line.

Smajic immediately reacted Friday with intentions to appeal the decision.

Vescera filed an appeal to an earlier State Supreme Court decision which had given the line to Nedzad Smajic's. Vescera was originally named the winner by one vote, 102 to 101.

Smajic issued a statement saying, “I will not be appealing the state Appellate Court’s decision. Instead, with the election just a day away, I am going to do what is best for my party, and my supporters. Today, I step down as a candidate for the First Ward Council seat."

He went on to say, "On Election Day, I encourage residents of the First Ward to still go out and vote. Vote for the reasons we talked about on your porches. Vote for the candidate who represents our interests, whoever they may be. In the end, even one vote can make a difference."

"A one vote win may propel us to our seat, but at the same time, a one vote win tells us we need to do more. Over the next two years, I will continue to do more in our ward. I will continue to serve as a liaison to city government.”

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