Maciol leads Townsend in Oneida County Sheriff's Race

By ANDREW DONOVAN

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Democrat Robert Maciol leads Republican David Townsend in the race for Oneida County Sheriff. There are still over 3,000 absentee ballots to be counted before the Oneida County Board of Elections announces a final winner.

Maciol is the current mayor of New York Mills and serves as a police officer in the Village of Whitesboro. Townsend is a current state Assemblyman.

As of early Wednesday morning, Maciol leads Townsend by about 2,000 votes.

Maciol thanked his supporters for their help since the past summer and noted his lead. He said, "without these people I could have never have done it. It's been a very positive campaign, we put our platform together months ago, we stuck to it, we stayed positive, we never went off course and I think that's the reason we're doing so well."

If defeated, Townsend may blame is loss on the Oneida Indian Nation. Townsend said, "$300,000 from the Oneida Indian Nation, tell me about that money it put out. All those slick mailers with half in them to try and sway this election to their favor so they didn't have to put up with me anymore."

There was concern on Election Night as to why results where not report early. Numbers did not come from the Oneida County Board of Elections until after 11:00 p.m. Tuesday, with not all precincts reporting at this writing.

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