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Watertown primary decides city council candidates, draws few voters

Four of the six candidates running for Watertown City Council, including the race's two incumbents, are moving on to the general election in November, following Tuesday's primary election.

Incumbent candidates Teresa Macaluso and Jeffrey Smith took the top two spots, with 575 and 454 votes, respectively. Challenger Stephen Jennings also had a strong showing, falling only two votes shy of Smith. Cody Horbacz also moves on to the November election.

Jasmine Borreffine and Rodney LaFave received the lowest totals and were eliminated from the race.

The backgrounds of each candidate are as diverse as their platforms. Macaluso owns a coffee shop and wants more tax incentives for small businesses. Smith owns an urgent care center and is running on a platform based on fiscal stability. Stephens is a planner for the Jefferson County's Public Health Service and hopes to revitalize struggling neighborhoods. Finally, Cody Horbacz works as a service consultant at an auto dealership. He would like to make the city more friendly and is a critic of Watertown offering tax breaks to big housing developers.

Tuesday's primary did not draw many voters, with less than 1,300 ballots cast.