With the Westchester County Board of Elections still counting ballots, the battle for the Independence Party line between Rye City Councilwoman Catherine Parker, a Democrat, and Republican nominee John Verni remains up in the air.
Verni, a Mamaroneck real estate developer, is confident that he will come out on top, although he awaits the final tallies of his write-in votes. Officials at the Board of Elections said the numbers were expected to be certified by Wednesday, Sept. 25, after press time.
Parker received the Independence Party’s endorsement back in July, but Verni petitioned for the third-party line and was able to collect enough signatures to trigger a primary. At last count, Verni said he believed he had 70 write-in votes. Parker had only secured 30 votes with 100 percent of districts reporting, according to unofficial numbers.
Whether Verni is able to carry the Independence line in the general election is crucial to his candidacy since, historically, it has been rare for Republicans in Westchester to win county office without the Independence line.
On Wednesday, Verni said he was told ballots were being counted and results were pending.
Legislative District 7 comprises Mamaroneck, Larchmont, and Rye City as well as parts of Harrison and New Rochelle.
–Reporting by LIZ BUTTON