OGDENSBURG, N.Y. (WWNY) - In a stunning turn of events, a write-in candidate has won the Ogdensburg mayoral race.
With all of the precincts reporting, the top vote-getter is apparently Mike Skelly, who waged a write-in campaign.
The write-in candidate received 1,264 votes, a landslide victory over incumbent mayor, Republican Wayne Ashley, who was seeking his second four year term.
Ashley got 397 votes while Democrat Sam LaMacchia, who served 8 years on city council, got 319.
"We need to be pro-growth. We need to welcome business - new businesses and existing businesses. I think they felt that we were in touch with them and that made them give us their vote. I wasn't being negative. I was just showing problems and to solve problems," said Skelly.
Skelly, a real estate developer, wasn't the only successful write-in candidate in Ogdensburg - write-in council candidate John Rishe apparently received 1,111 votes, securing one of three seats on the city council.
“I really am shocked, actually. I’m shocked that write-in candidates can win a race like this. People want change and we are going to deliver change,” said Rishe.
Republicans Steven Fisher and William Dillabough were also elected to council.