SARANAC LAKE - Write-in candidate Michael "Beef" Bevilacqua has won a four-year term as a town of Harrietstown justice.
Franklin County Board of Elections Commissioners Veronica King and Kelly Cox told the Enterprise this morning that write-in votes were tabulated Tuesday and Bevilacqua won the seat. It's unclear how many votes he received as Cox said the totals won't be available until later today.
Harrietstown Republican Committee Chairman Joe Spadaro was at the Board of Elections offices in Malone Tuesday when the votes were added up.
"Beef will be our next Harrietstown justice," Spadaro wrote in an email. "He received votes under the names Michael Bevilacqua, Beef Bevilacqua. Michael Beef, Beef Michael, and plain ole Beef."
Cox said the variations on Bevilacqua's name were counted separately, but enough people wrote "Michael Bevilacqua" for him to win the seat.
King said at least one person wrote in Bob Bevilacqua's name for the justice seat. Bob Bevilacqua is Michael Bevilacqua's brother and Harrietstown's supervisor. His name was also on the ballot for re-election to his current job. He ran unopposed and won a four-year term.
Michael Bevilacqua started a write-in campaign for the justice position in early October after no one else stepped forward to run for the seat. A Republican, he's a former town of Santa Clara justice and retired correction officer. He also runs an electrical contracting business called Beef's Electric.
Contacted at home this morning, he said he was "very excited" to have won the justice seat and looks forward to serving the town.
Asked about the nickname, Beef, he said he's had it since fifth grade but declined to go into detail about its origins.
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