Niagara Gazette — Then, in July, as he was set to announce his intentions for a third two-year term, Reiter underwent quadruple bypass heart surgery, while his planned multimillion-dollar Lewiston Civic Center was handily defeated by voters during a special election.
Reiter said this may have played a factor in Tuesday’s results.
“The (Lewiston Civic Center) and the things I’ve been doing didn’t sit well,” Reiter said in defeat. He added many of his conversations with residents while campaigning weren’t negative in nature, crediting his loss to Palmer running a “stronger, better campaign.”
For his part, Johnson said he tried to convince voters his experience in town government was an asset. A former councilman, Johnson spent 14 years on the town board before taking a job as its finance director.
Though he isn’t happy with the defeat, he said Tuesday’s vote is acceptable because it shows the direction voters would like to take moving forward.
“I’m not a negative campaigner, I never have been,” Johnson said. “I respect the opinions of the Lewiston voters, I’m OK with it, because they think this is the direction we need to go. And that’s their decision and that’s what’s great about America.”Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.