But with some interesting changes that may contain a message . . .
That's my assessment of the election results.
A number of new faces will be taking positions in January but not necessarily new parties, so it is unclear if voters in those places have picked a new direction for their communities.
But something is happening in New Hartford . . .
Long a Republican stronghold, Paul Miscione takes a seat on the Town Council away from Christine Krupa, and David Gordon (who lost this race a couple times before) takes a County Legislative seat from Fred Sadallah. Is New Hartford becoming disillusioned with the Republican establishment?
Another County Legislative seat that will switch hands to Democrat: Harmony Speciale replaces old-timer Howard Welch. Although the Republicans still have a majority on the County Legislature, it is narrowed. However, of the 29 seats up for grabs, less than half -- only 12 -- were contested.
What would have happened if there were contests in all races?
As evident from the Utica Mayor's race and County Exec race, minor parties play a minor role in this area (spoiler at best) ... The thinking among voters seems to be, if one of the two major parties does not endorse a particular candidate, the candidate is not worth considering.
The Democrats did not field a candidate for County Executive. The Republicans did not field a candidate for District Attorney. The Voters were deprived of the chance of sending government in a new direction for two very important positions.
Few choices for voters result in a government that is stagnant. And a government that is stagnant results in a region that is stagnant. Party leaders need to do more to cultivate and promote alternatives if the region is to move forward.