The same two combatants had faced off four years ago for the same job. Crowell picked up a close victory then, defeating Keator, 6,305 to 6,149.
The county’s Republican Party chairman, Vince Casale, said: “The voters have spoken, and while they have chosen to keep Mr. Crowell, we still maintain that he needs to clarify how he plans to fulfill his duties over the next four years.”
Democratic Party Chairman Richard Abbate said: “I am happy to see the residents understood the work Dan has accomplished over the last four years, and I am looking forward to his continued success as the treasurer of the county, and his leadership of that office.”
Hank Nicols, the Otsego County Democratic elections commissioner, said Crowell had the more advantageous ballot position, with his name appearing high up on Row A, while voters had to look down the ballot to find Keator’s name.
“They had a study in New York City that found out ballot position can make a difference,” Nicols said. “But I’m not sure that holds true in rural areas, where you know the candidates.”
Keator, two weeks ago, rejected an invitation from the League of Women Voters to debate Crowell, insisting voters know him well already and that he had prior commitments that conflicted with the event.