CARMEL, N.Y. - Unofficial results have County Executive MaryEllen Odell defeating Kent Supervisor Maureen Fleming for the Conservative Party nomination, 292 to 71, with 80 percent of the votes counted.
Odell had received the Conservative Party Committee endorsement but Fleming ran a write-in campaign.
“I am gratified by the strong support of Conservative voters in today’s primary election,” Odell said in a prepared statement. “The results are a product of the work my administration has done over the past seven years to run a fiscally conservative government, grow our economy, protect our seniors and honor our veterans. But there is still more work to be done, and I’m looking forward to campaigning over the next 53 days to earn the support of voters across Putnam County in November.”
Fleming had a different take on the vote. She contended that “something very important happened in the Conservative primary.”
“Once thought to be the stronghold of the incumbent county executive, 20 percent of the party’s voting membership spoke out against the excess and corruption of the Odell administration,” she said in prepared statement. “I ran a write-in campaign. Those folks had to make a conscious decision and an effort to choose me—they didn’t just fill in a box because party bosses told them to.”
Fleming said she was grateful to the Conservatives who made the effort to vote for her.
“I hear you: you want taxes brought under control so you and your family can stay in Putnam; you want quality infrastructure; you want development that creates well-paying jobs without destroying Putnam’s character; you want fair deals for union labor,” she said.
Odell, a Republican, will square off against Fleming, who has the Democratic nomination, in the general election in November.