WATERLOO — Democrats picked up one seat, and possibly two, on the Seneca County Board of Supervisors Tuesday after ballots were counted.

Absentee votes will determine the winners of two county supervisor seats in Waterloo.

If the results hold, the Republicans will have a 11-3 majority on the 14-member board in 2020.

In Lodi, independent Kyle Barnhart, running on the Democratic line, defeated Republican Mark Benjamin. Barnhart, the mayor of the village of Lodi, tallied 260 votes. Benjamin, who defeated incumbent Lee Davidson in the Republican primary in June, tallied 195. Davidson, who ran on an independent line, received 22 votes.

The other Democratic win may be in Waterloo, where Jim Cleere holds a slim seven-vote lead over Republican Michael Enslow and a 14-vote lead over incumbent Republican Bob Shipley for county supervisor seats.

Democrat Jamie King received 656 votes. But absentee ballots could determine that race. They will be counted Tuesday.

Tuesday’s voting spelled the end of the tenure of David Kaiser of Romulus on the county board. He lost the Republican primary to David Hayes and received the Democratic endorsement to challenge Hayes again. Hayes tallied 256 votes. Kaiser has 195.

In Seneca Falls, Democrats came close, but unofficial results show Republican incumbents Paul Kronenwetter, 1,178, and Ralph Lott, 1,113, hold off Democratic challengers Rachel Weil, 1,071, and Susan Sauvageau,1,033.

Republican incumbent Michael Reynolds of Covert held onto his seat, defeating a challenge from Democrat Ben Guthrie, 346 -308.

Republicans winning without opposition include Ernest Brownell in Junius, newcomer Joseph Borst in Ovid and Bob Hayssen in Varick.

The 14-member board now has a 12-2 Republican majority, plus a heavy weighted vote advantage.

There were eight contested seats, three uncontested races and three seats that were not up for election this year.

The Board of Elections reported 584 people voted in the nine days of early voting from Oct. 26 to Nov. 4. Those voters were 225 Republicans, 218 Democrats and 141 in other parties or independents. Those votes were included in Tuesday’s unofficial count.

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