John Hubbell elected new Margaretville Village trustee in vigorous write-in campaign

By Joe Moskowitz
An unusually spirited write-in campaign resulted in the election of a new trustee in the Village of Margaretville on Tuesday.
Village resident John Hubbell received 58 write-in votes to earn a seat on the board. Incumbent trustee Dave Budin, who was the only candidate on the ballot, received 40 votes, enough to retain his seat.
Other write-in candidates who received votes included Lou Hamway with 20, Andrew Weiss with three, Robert Manshaffer with two, and Fred Miller and Lauren Davis, who received one vote each. A total of 76 votes were cast.
Hubbell will fill the seat currently occupied by trustee Fred Miller who decided not to seek another term. Village of Margaretville politics should come easily to new trustee Hubbell whose father, the late Bill Hubbell, was a popular trustee and mayor of the village. Bill Hubbell served as a trustee from 1966 to 1996 and then served as mayor from 1996 to 1999.
Had he been successful, Lou Hamway’s election would have created some travel issues for the new trustee. Hamway is a resident of the village but from January through April, he lives in Florida. That’s where he was Tuesday while the votes were being counted in Margaretville.