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GOP Wins Two Seats in Rye, Race for Third Close

It appears that Republican incumbent Joseph Sack and fellow Republican Laura Brett won Rye Council elections last night, with the third seat a toss up between Democratic incumbent Catherine Parker and Republican Rafael Elias-Linero.

Last night after the polls closed and the results came in Parker spoke in front of a group of supporters at  Morgan’s Fish House, seeming to to concede for the entire Democrat/Working Families ticket, although she may end up winning reelection.

“Let’s hope the absentee ballots come through,” she said, hoping he team will overcome the deficit.

Parker praised her team, saying, “I’m so fortunate to have gotten to run with the two most qualified people, besides myself,” she said. “People know the accomplishments the three of us have shown and with us together Rye would have been served well.

“We fought to keep Rye affordable and preserve our open space.”

Incumbent Democrats Gamache and Parker teamed up with past Rye City School Board President Nathan on the "Ticket of Experience" platform for the three Council seats.

The three Democrats, also running on the Working Families line, took a strong stand on the flood mitigation issue, calling for the clean-up of Blind Brook and the building of a sluice gate. They also support tax payer savings on school issues.The GOP candidates, incumbent Joe Sack along with Laura Brett and Rafael Elias-Linero, also running on the Conservative and Independence tickets and calling themselves the "Best for Rye," stress budget issues that provide the best value for taxpayers, including working within the newly mandated tax cap. They also seek to improve the central business district and improve pedestrian safety.Julie Preden of 411 Midland Ave., a mother of two who voted at the Town Hall this afternoon, said, “The most important issue to me is the flooding issue and mitigation to flooding. Both from the county level and city level, the candidates can lobby people in the federal government because that’s where we need the help because the projects we need cost a lot of money. We need them to focus on it instead of forgetting about it and waiting until the next sludge. I don’t mind basement flooding but I don’t want above it.”Anne Williams, 20 Ridgewood Road, agreed with many of the candidates that “not to spend money” is a key issue this year. She said she voted Republican and “the people who running happen to be very good friends of mine.”

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