There will be no Republican Primary for the position of Yates County District Attorney Sept. 12, but that doesn’t mean Valerie Gardner and her challenger, Todd Casella, will stop campaigning hard. Both names will appear on the general election ballot in November.
Today (Aug. 30), the New York State Court of Appeals did not hear either of the cases from Yates County, essentially upholding last week’s decisions from the Appellate Division that ruled Casella’s Republican petitions invalid but affirmed his position on the Reform and Independence lines of the November General Election ballot.
Gardner, who will be the Republican Party’s candidate in this November’s election for District Attorney, said via email, “I am truly honored to be the Republican party’s representative in November. It is especially gratifying since I am the only Yates County resident running for the position. My dedication and record speak for themselves. Working closely with law enforcement, we have been able to achieve a 99 percent felony conviction rate and reduce the crime rate in Yates County by 30 percent in less than four years. While doing all of that, we still have been able to reduce the net county cost to our taxpayers by over $300,000, and look forward to continuing the practice of fiscal responsibility and effective service to my community.”
Casella commented, also via email, “I’ve talked with many Yates County voters and they are sick and tired of this legal wrangling by Valerie Gardner trying to remove me from the ballot. I am too. Gardner’s assault on democracy is just awful and serves nothing but her own selfish interests.