The election to represent city Wards 5 and 6 on the Ontario County Board of Supervisors gives new meaning to the term “every vote counts.”
After 11 absentee ballots were counted Tuesday at the Board of Elections, incumbent Republican Greg Bendzlowicz appears to have defeated Democrat Tamarie Cataldo by just one vote, 190-189.
Republican Elections Commissioner Mike Northrup and Democratic Commissioner Charlie Evangelista said the results in every county election will be certified later this month, so the one-vote margin is the final unofficial tally.
Bendzlowicz and Cataldo were tied, 184-184, after last week’s election. Bendzlowicz represents District 3 for the city on the county board.
While Bendzlowicz expressed surprise at the tie vote on election night, he said registered Democratic voters outnumber Republicans in the district by a nearly 3-to-1 margin.
“That shows I have bipartisan support. As close as the vote is, when you look at the numbers … that means half the people that voted for me had to be Democrats,” he said. “What that shows is I represent a greater cross-section of the community.”