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Upset: Grace Defeats Siegel For Republican Party Line

YORKTOWN, N.Y.-- Michael Grace is the apparent winner in the  Republican primary for Yorktown Supervisor.

With 88% of the districts reporting, unofficial results from the Westchester County Board of Elections show Grace secured 60 percent of the vote, with 798 votes, to Siegel's 40 percent, or 532 votes.

“Onwards to November, and beyond,” Grace said late Tuesday night in the Winery at St. George in Mohegan Lake where his supporters gathered.

Grace thanked his primary opponent, Supervisor Susan Siegel, for running a clean campaign.

“We are trying to resurrect the town of Yorktown, trying to resurrect the commercial tax base and to return civility to the town board, not only between town board members, but also between the town board and the public,” Grace said. “We’re in this to take Yorktown around and return it to greatness.”

Grace said he has heard residents' dissatisfaction firsthand.

"When I went around door to door it was all the same-- universally it was always the same complaint. People can’t afford to live here and people can’t afford to leave and that’s got to change. And until somebody gets in there and restores stability, its never going to happen. Hopefully this election will do that.”

Although Grace also launched a write-in campaign for the Conservative Party against Siegel, those results were not immediately available.

Nonetheless, Supervisor Susan Siegel announced in her concession statement that she plans to run on the Conservative and Yorktown Better Government tickets come November.

Siegel said she respected the voters' decision and offered Grace her congratulations.

"In  the end, the only vote that matters, really matters, is the general election in November and I will be a candidate in that election. Tonight is just the beginning of the next phase of the election,” she said.

Siegel pledged to launch a very aggressive campaign, and said she was confident she will have the strong support of the voters, “regardless of party label.”

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