Margaretville voters tap Budin, Miller
By Brian Sweeney
A last-minute write-in campaign has resulted in Fred Miller and David Budin winning trustee positions on the Margaretville Village Board. The results did not become official until March 25, a week after the village election, when the ballots were recanvassed by the Delaware County Board of Elections.
The new totals showed Miller the top vote-getter in the election with 26 votes. Budin followed with 22 votes to capture the second vacancy.
Only two candidates were listed on the ballot, running to fill two positions. Longtime trustee Teresa Goodchild was seeking another term and Barbara Alyn was running to fill a vacancy created when Rob Allison decided not to seek re-election.
When the ballots were originally tallied last Tuesday, Miller‚Äôs leading total was followed by Goodchild who won re-election with 23 votes. Budin, was third with 21 votes and Alyn received 18 votes.
However, a resident challenged the outcome, claiming that some voters were confused about how to cast a ballot for a write-in candidate and questioning the accuracy of the ballot with regard to write-in voting instructions.
With this week‚Äôs recount, several ballots were ruled invalid, others were approved and the two write-in candidates had gained trustee positions.
Budin, who owns a sporting goods store on Main Street, said he decided to run upon the suggestion of a friend. The request came on Election Day.
The write-in candidate said he agreed to start calling people requesting write-in support because of his frustration with recent events in the village.
Both Budin and Miller are members of the Margaretville Planning Board and they voted last month, along with David Metsch, to recommend that the village board change its zoning to allow new retail construction.
‚ÄúThe attitude of the Village of Margaretville people is different from that of the MARK Board,‚Äù stated Budin, referring to the local development group‚Äôs vocal opposition to the zoning change.
Miller, a longtime pharmacist in the village, added that listening to the comments at last Monday‚Äôs village board meeting convinced him to take up the write-in suggestion the following day.
‚ÄúThe village board should belong to the people of Margaretville and not the people who were at that meeting,‚Äù he commented. ‚ÄúI hope to look for ways to work together instead of pitting people against each other.‚Äù
Miller has previously been a member of the village board.
He said his decision to participate in the write-in campaign was ‚Äúsomewhat‚Äù related to the zoning issue, but noted, ‚Äúthat seems resolved, at this point.‚Äù
With their election, both new trustees must resign their planning board positions.