Utica

Incumbent Village President David Stewart and incumbent trustees Mary Pawlak (pictured with green mask) and Debra Krizel (right) will remain on the Utica ballot for the April election after their petitions were challenged.

Utica’s incumbent candidates will remain on the April ballot after being challenged by two Utica men. The news was announced Wednesday night during an Electoral Board hearing.

Incumbent Village President David Stewart and incumbent trustees Mary Pawlak and Debra Krizel were challenged by Daniel Hackney and Sean Whitfield.

The challenges against Stewart and Pawlak’s petitions were withdrawn by Hackney and Whitfield’s lawyer.

Wednesday night, the Electoral Board voted unanimously to dismiss the challenge against Krizel for not numbering her three-page petition.

The Electoral Board members said they don’t believe Krizel meant to deceive by not numbering her pages. They continued by saying there wasn’t confusion from the three pages not being numbered either.

Pawlak called the challenges ridiculous and is happy for the outcome.

Stewart is thankful for the Electoral Board’s service; his attorney, Thomas McClintock; and Utica village residents, who Stewart said supported the incumbents through the process.

Krizel said she’s glad the Electoral Board investigated and validated her petition and thankful there’s an election process that ensures technical errors do not prevent good candidates from the ballot.

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