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Nonna and Smith Neck-and-Neck in District 3

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. – The race for District-3 County Legislator between incumbent John Nonna and challenger Michael Smith is too close to call, separated by just 60 votes.

With 87 percent of districts reporting, the Democrat Nonna leads the Republican Smith by 4,347 votes to 4,287 votes.

"It's a real cliffhanger at this point, we're just waiting to see the final results," Nonna said. "I knew it would be this close of a race, the county (Republicans) put a lot of effort into this race."

Nonna said he believes the winner will not be determined until some point Wednesday. Smith, on the other hand, said he thinks it's going to take a long time to sort out the results.

"I feel pretty confident," Smith said. "I'm going to lay my head down on my pillow tonight feeling pretty good about the race. "

Nonna ran on the Democrat, Working Families and Independence party lines while Smith ran on the Republican and Conservative lines.

It would be Nonna’s third consecutive term as District 3 Legislator. Nonna previously was the mayor of Pleasantville and served on the village's Board of Trustees. He has a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a law degree from New York University. Nonna is a member of the Thornwood American Legion and the Pleasantville Lions Club.

This election is Smith’s first political race. Smith is the chief financial officer of Berkeley Educational Services, a company of about 1,500 people. He is the former president of the Valhalla Union Free School District Board of Education. Smith's background is in business with a bachelor's degree in accounting from Fairfield University and a MBA in finance from Fordham University Graduate School of Business.

Smith is a supporter of reducing the size of county government and is a supporter of promoting local businesses throughout the county. Smith feels his business experience can help resolve financial issues in the county.  Smith said he does not have aspirations to climb the political ranks.

District 3 encompasses Mount Pleasant, Pleasantville, and Sleepy Hollow, and parts of Greenburgh, and North Castle and Briarcliff Manor.

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