TUPPER LAKE — Nedd Sparks will be on the Republican Party line in the Nov. 8 election for the Franklin County District 6 lawmaker seat after securing more votes than incumbent lawmaker Paul Maroun in a primary election on Tuesday.
Unofficial election results show Sparks received 65.26% of the vote, or 248 votes, during the early voting period and on Election Day, including mail-in ballots received on Election Day. Maroun obtained 34.74%, or 132 votes.
There were no write-in ballots and although 382 ballots were cast, two were undervoted, meaning they did not vote for that position.
Franklin County Republican Election Commissioner Tracy Sparks, who is married to Nedd, said those results include mail-in ballots received before polls closed Tuesday. The county will still collect postmarked mail-in ballots ahead of the election through July 5, but with 116 votes between the two candidates, those are unlikely to change the election results.
Maroun won the Conservative Party line after county-level party leaders interviewed and nominated him several months ago, so Maroun will still be on the ballot in November on the Conservative Party line .
Sparks also works on the independent network “Integrity” party line.
There are no Democrats on the ballot for this seat.
Both candidates have deep ties to the seat. Maroun, who is also the mayor of the Village of Tupper Lake, held the seat for about 35 years – most of his adult life. Sparks’ father, John, was in the front seat Maroun in the 1970s.
Sparks said he got more votes than he expected.
“I have been overwhelmed with the support I have received,” said Sparks. “I was very touched by the participation.
“I worked very hard to try to get people to leave” he added. “I went door to door. I made phone calls. Even the day before election day, I opened the doors.
He said as he spoke with locals, and many here echoed his campaign platform.
“People just want to see more activity here in the south county,” said Sparks.
Now he wants to travel to Santa Clara and Brighton to do more campaigning ahead of the general election in November.
Sparks is the maintenance manager at Ivy Terrace, a public housing complex operated by the Tupper Lake Housing Authority, where the county has offices for some of its agencies in the south end. He said he’s seen county offices close, or essentially become empty rooms, in recent years. Working in Ivy Terrace, Sparks said he often saw people looking for these offices and finding them empty.
He wants to re-staff those offices and wants the county to reallocate more of its resources to the south end of the county.
Maroun said it’s not the first time he’s lost a major party primary — he’s been in county politics for about 35 years — and he hopes voters pick him in November. He thinks he is the most qualified for the job and has said he will campaign on his file.
“Longevity in government is difficult. I have been very lucky “, says Maron.
Maroun said some Democrats called him to make sure he was still on the ballot in November.
He said he always tries to help as many people as possible, but when he can’t resolve a family dispute, a speeding ticket, a late social check or an unauctioned property, people go crazy. .
“People ask you things and you can’t always answer because of the law”, says Maron. “When you’ve been in the job as long as I have… they get mad at you and over time it catches up to you.
“People today are so demanding and so mean if it doesn’t happen instantly,” he added. “It’s a difficult time to be in government.”
Maroun said he thinks Republicans in Franklin County might have different feelings for him than they did before.
“There’s a new group of Republicans who have kind of taken over the local Republican Party and I think some of them are mad at me for a number of reasons – COVID was one of them,” he said. “They said I took away their constitutional rights. … I thought I was doing the right thing to protect the community.
Maroun said he has three goals if elected to another term: to provide equal services throughout the county, to keep taxes as low as state mandates allow, and to hire and keep people. good employees in county offices.
Voters will head to the polls to choose between Maroun and Sparks on Election Day, November 8. Polling stations that day will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Early polling locations will also be open at the Franklin County Courthouse — 355 West Main St., Suite 161, Malone — Oct. 29 through Nov. 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On November 1 and 3, the offices will be open. from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The last day to apply to register to vote in this election is October 14 and mailed applications must be received by October 19.
The last day to change an elector’s address is October 19.
The last day to send a request for a postal vote is October 24. The last day to submit an application for an in-person absentee ballot at Malone County offices is November 7.
Absentee ballots for the November 8 election must be received by the County Board of Elections by the close of polls on Election Day or postmarked by Election Day and received by November 15. november.