By Melanie Lekocevic
Capital Region Independent Media
RAVENA — The slate of Mayor Bill Misuraca, Trustee Linda Muller and political newcomer Caitlin Appleby won a landslide victory in Tuesday’s village elections.
Misuraca, a Republican running on the Democratic ticket, handily defeated Republican candidate Dominic Ruggeri to win a third term as mayor, by a vote of 542-118. Misuraca received 473 votes on Election Day, and 69 absentee votes, which were tallied after the machine votes were counted. Ruggeri received 80 in-person votes and 38 absentees.
There were a total of 665 votes cast in the election.
Appleby was the highest vote getter of the day with a total 571 votes, easily coasting to a victory in her first run for public office. She received 486 votes along with 85 absentees to win a seat on the Ravena Village Board. Appleby is a Republican who was cross endorsed by both major political parties but campaigned with the Democratic slate after the GOP withdrew its support of her candidacy.
Muller, a Democrat, won re-election to a second term in office with 510 votes, including 445 machine votes and 65 absentee ballots.
Tanner, running on the GOP line in her first bid for village office, received 156 votes, including 111 in-person votes and 45 absentee votes.
The three winning candidates celebrated their victory Tuesday with a post-election party at the Halfway House Tavern on Main Street, which is owned by Misuraca.
Check the March 24 issue of the Ravena News-Herald for more on the winning candidates’ plans for the village’s future.