Months of canvassing, campaigning, politicking and planning come to fruition Tuesday as Republican and Reform Party voters in Ontario County head to the polls for a primary election that could decide or narrow 10 county races.
At the top of the ballot is the countywide race to replace Mike Tantillo as district attorney, in which private attorney and former Erie and Monroe County prosecutor Kristina “Kitty” Karle faces current First Assistant District Attorney Jim Ritts. Karle and Ritts are seeking a four-year term, with each appearing on the Republican and Reform lines. Should Ritts win on either or both lines, he again will face Karle in the Nov. 7 general election, where she also will appear on the Conservative and Independence lines. Should Karle win both the Republican and Reform primary, her name alone will appear on the general election ballot.
Also on Tuesday’s ballot is the Republican primary for Canandaigua Town Board. Former nurse Tina Bloom and former Zoning Board of Appeals member Gary Davis are squaring off to fill the remainder of a four-year term that at one time was held by current Supervisor Greg Westbrook. Tuesday’s winner will face no opposition in the general election.
Current Farmington Town Justice John E. Gligora will face a challenge Tuesday from attorney and former Monroe County prosecutor Paul D. Fuller in the Republican primary for the four-year term. The victor in this race also will face no opposition in November.