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Democrats make up some ground on Seneca County Board of Supervisors

Democrats picked up one seat, and possibly two, on the Seneca County Board of Supervisors Tuesday after ballots were counted.

Absentee votes will determine the winners of two county supervisor seats in Waterloo.

If the results hold, the Republicans will have a 11-3 majority on the 14-member board in 2020.

In Lodi, independent Kyle Barnhart, running on the Democratic line, defeated Republican Mark Benjamin. Barnhart, the mayor of the village of Lodi, tallied 260 votes. Benjamin, who defeated incumbent Lee Davidson in the Republican primary in June, tallied 195. Davidson, who ran on an independent line, received 22 votes.

The other Democratic win may be in Waterloo, where Jim Cleere holds a slim seven-vote lead over Republican Michael Enslow and a 14-vote lead over incumbent Republican Bob Shipley for county supervisor seats.

Democrat Jamie King received 656 votes. But absentee ballots could determine that race. They will be counted Tuesday.

Tuesday’s voting spelled the end of the tenure of David Kaiser of Romulus on the county board. He lost the Republican primary to David Hayes and received the Democratic endorsement to challenge Hayes again. Hayes tallied 256 votes. Kaiser has 195.

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