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Primary Night 2013: Sheriff Don Smith Wins Republican Primary in Convincing Fashion, Other Results From Around Putnam County

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With votes being counted late Tuesday night, major Republican primaries were determined in Putnam County, according to unofficial results from the Putnam County Board of Elections.

In the primary race for Putnam County sheriff, the incumbent Don Smith won in overwhelming fashion against challenger Kevin McConville, celebrating the victory about an hour after polls officially closed.

With all the votes in, Smith topped McConville, a retired Metropolitan Transportation Authority chief, with almost 62 percent of the vote for the Republican line. This is Smith’s fourth election cycle, dating back to 2001 when he knocked off an incumbent.

As for other races around Putnam, in the Town of Kent, a newcomer and longtime incumbent got the nod for the two spots in the three-candidate Republican primary race for town board. Fresh face Paul Denbaum led all candidates with about 37 percent of the vote, while current town board member Lou Tartaro finished with 32 percent of the vote.

Failing to get the necessary amount of support, current Kent planning board member Janis Bolbrock collected 28 percent of the vote.

In a three-person Republican race in the Town of Southeast with two seats available, both incumbents came out on top. Elizabeth Hudak led all candidates with 39 percent of the total vote, while Robert Cullen grabbed 32 percent of the vote.

Falling in the race was Dennis Sant, who got almost 28 percent of the vote.

Check back in Tuesday’s The Putnam Examiner for more coverage of Primary Night 2013

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