Anna Kelles, left, ran against Nate Shinagawa, right

ITHACA, N.Y. — Democratic nominee Nate Shinagawa has admitted defeat in his race for a seat on the Tompkins County Legislature.

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Anna Kelles won the race for the 2nd District seat on the legislature, in an independent candidacy that strongly criticized the Democratic Party establishment in Ithaca and Tompkins County.

Additionally, it looks like Ducson Nguyen won his seat for Common Council and Mayor Svante Myrick will win re-election.

Shinagawa gave a concession speech at the Hotel Ithaca on South Cayuga Street late Tuesday night.

“I ran a very positive campaign and I’m proud of that,” Shinagawa said in an interview after his speech.

“I’d be happy to work with (Kelles) to continue to have good representation in the city. … I think there was definitely an anti-establishment type mood and when you govern for 10 years you have to make a lot of difficult and tough choices.”

Earlier, Kelles supporters gathered at Polaris on the Northside of Ithaca.

Several of her supporters said they were backing Kelles because, they said, she represented the grassroots more than Shinagawa.

“Congratulations to Anna Kelles for winning her seat on the County Legislature! I went to her victory party tonight to personally congratulate her, give her a hug, and let her know I’m here to support her,” Shinagawa said in an email.

“It’s been wonderful to get to know so many of you over the past two months. See you around the neighborhood!”

Check back for updates on Election Day as we learn more about the races.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.