Smith wins in Watertown mayoral primary, Crossman & Horbacz in close race for 2nd slot

wwny Live interviews with Watertown mayoral candidates

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - With 100 percent of the votes in, Jeff Smith won one of two slots for mayor in the November election.

Allison Crossman had the second-highest number of votes, but she’s only 14 votes ahead of the next highest vote-getter, current city council member Cody Horbacz.

The top two vote-getters in the mayoral primary face off against each other in the general election.

Smith received 773 in Tuesday’s primary, Crossman had 566, and Horbacz had 552.

The margin between Cross and Horbacz makes the result too close to call before absentee votes are counted.

Officials said 276 absentee ballots were sent out and 139 were returned as of Tuesday. Absentee ballots will be counted July 1.

Smith previously served 12 years on city council, Allison Crossman is a political newcomer, and Hobacz will finish his four-year term on council at the end of the year.

Cliff Olney, who has run for council unsuccessfully before, came in fourth place.

Watch the video for our interviews with all four candidates from Tuesday’s 11 p.m. newscast.

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