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It's official: Bova wins Republican primary for 119th Assembly district

Eleven days after the primary election, the final numbers are in for the Republican primary in the 119th Assembly district.

Posted: Sep 24, 2018 5:53 PM

Eleven days after the primary election, the final numbers are in for the Republican primary in the 119th Assembly district. The results find the two candidates, both virtual unknowns who've never been elected to public office, separated by only 64 votes, with Candidate Dennis Bova earning 992 votes and Candidate Frederick Nichols, 928. Bova says he waited to celebrate.

"Politics is always fluid. You never know what's gonna happen. I did have a deep breath of fresh air, I was like 'ok', cuz you just don't know," said Bova, who then complimented his rival. "My hat's off to Frederick. He worked hard. The kid work hard. I shouldn't say kid. The guy worked hard, he was out banging doors and doing what he needed to do, so it was really anybody's race. It really was."

Bova says the continuation of his campaign will likely resemble the beginning.

"The big thing with us is, we're running all grass roots like we always have, and we'll be knocking on doors and talking to people and trying to figure out where they want me to be because at the end of the day, this is a job interview. I'm interviewing for a job, to speak for people in Albany."

As for his focus if elected, Bova says he wants to pay attention to an area he feels has been neglected.

"I really want to take a look at mental health. I think mental health is a huge issue that everybody's kind of sweeping under the rug because it's not an easy fix, but until we start the conversation, we can't finish the conversation," said Bova.

Bova will meet Democrat Candidate Marianne Buttenschon in November.

Newschannel 2 was unable to reach Frederick Nichols on Monday.

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