The mayor of a
New York town who presided over unofficial weddings for 24
gay and lesbian couples in 2004 lost his bid for reelection
Tuesday. New Paltz mayor-elect Terry Dungan defeated
Jason West by an unofficial vote of 514-379,
according to the Associated Press. West's term will
expire on May 31.
In February 2004,
Ulster County charged West with 24 misdemeanor counts
for performing the ceremonies in his capacity as a legal
official. The charges were later dropped.
West has been
described as a rising star of the Green Party and was
endorsed by Ralph Nader a week before the election. (The