TOWN OF CLAY -- A number of guest appearances on the show he used to produce apparently didn't help Dan McIntyre's campaign. The former Jim Reith Show producer lost his bid for Town of Clay Supervisor on Tuesday night, according to unofficial results posted by the Onondaga County Board of Elections.
As of about 12:30am on Wednesday, the BOE's listings show McIntyre (D) trailing incumbent Damian Ulatowski (R) by 1,800 votes. And with 96% of the precincts reporting, it appears unlikely the yet-to-be-counted votes will change that result.
We happened to catch McIntyre appearing as a guest of Reith's at least twice -- once during the New York State Fair, and again this past Monday night. (If there were any other occasions, we are unaware.) In addition to producing the show at WSYR a few years ago, McIntyre hosted his own short-lived Saturday morning talk show, Weekend News and Views.
No comment yet from McIntyre about the loss. But during Monday night's Jim Reith Show, the candidate did admit he may have been better off starting his run sooner. You may recall reading here that McIntyre announced his candidacy in late August, leaving himself just two months to campaign.
An election loss for another local broadcaster tonight -- though not from radio, he's probably even more well-known, thanks to his long run as the former GM of NewsChannel 9 (WSYR-TV). Steve Kimatian (R) was defeated in the race for Syracuse mayor by city Common Councilor Stephanie Miner (D). As of press time, the margin reported by the BOE was about 2,400 votes with all precincts reporting.
On Primary Day, Kimatian battled against party-endorsed candidate Otis Jennings to win the republican line on the ballot. But Jennings stayed in the race as a conservative, earning 10% of Tuesday night's vote.
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