Todd Casella defeated Incumbent Valerie Gardner for Yates County District Attorney Tuesday 52-47 percent. Gardner said the outcome isn’t what she wanted but she’s keeping her head up high.
Gardner is hopeful that Casella will pick up where she’s leaving off.
In a statement to the media, Gardner writes, “Preliminary results are in and although there are still over 500 absentee ballots to be counted, it appears that my service to you as your District Attorney will end December 31st. It has been my great honor and privilege to serve you and I am proud of the progress we have made in the last 4 years. I was taught to leave everything better than how you found it. With a 30% reduction in our crime rate, a more transparent and responsible budget, and an always ethical and responsible approach to finding justice for my dear Yates County community, I feel very blessed. I have always been placed in positions where my talents and nurturing have been needed. I trust the next chapter will be similarly rewarding and useful.”
Casella’s campaign also released a statement:
“What a night. I am truly humbled by the tremendous honor that the people of Yates County have bestowed on me by electing me as your new District Attorney.
“Thank you to those who voted for me and to those who volunteered their time to help my campaign. A special thanks also goes out to my family for enduring a very challenging year to get us to this victory today. I couldn’t have done it without them.
“I would also like to thank Valerie Gardner for her service as D.A. Serving in public office and running for election is not easy, and I commend her for her efforts.
“Now the hard work begins – and I won’t let you down.”