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Eden incumbents win reelection to Eden Town Board

EDEN — Voters in the town of Eden reelected incumbents to the two council seats that were up on last Tuesday’s ballot.

Democrat Board Member Mary Lou Pew, who also serves as the town’s deputy supervisor, was elected to her fifth term, receiving a total of 1,216 votes, 43 percent of the votes cast.

Republican councilman Richard Ventry was also reelected, receiving 1,086 (39 percent) votes.

Democratic challenger Alfredo Carias Jr. came in third in the two-man race, receiving 495 votes, or 18 percent of the vote.

Pew said that she was “deeply honored and humble to have the opportunity to continue to serve the residents in the town of Eden.” She added, “Holding an elected position is a trust and responsibility that I take very seriously.  Ensuring that our constituents' voices and concerns are always served and acted upon as their representative is always my priority."

Pew said that a few of her next milestone projects for the town include pursuing a grant for the American Legion Post 880, making more budget cuts for the proposed 2014 budget without impacting services for the residents, and continuing revisions in outdated building codes and implementation of the new, streamlined building permit process.

Ventry, elected to his third term as councilman, said that this is a time of gratitude and reflection. He thanked Pew and Carias for their “hard work and dedication, on behalf of the town.”

He then thanked the voters “who continue to come out and make this great American process possible.” Ventry pledged to continue to work hard “to honor the responsibility entrusted” to him by the voters.

Michael Cooper, who ran unopposed in the Nov. 5 election, was reelected as the Eden town justice.

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