Thursday will be a hectic day for candidates vying for spots in November’s general election.
Throughout the Finger Lakes – important primary races have been shaping up, with contestants making their final pleas to voters – before heading out to polling places on an odd day.
For the first time in recent memory, voters are casting ballots on a Thursday, due to the traditional Tuesday used for primary contests in New York falling on September 11th.
The Latest Analysis & Results
– GOVERNOR: Andrew Cuomo vs. Cynthia Nixon (winner to face Marc Molinaro)
– LT. GOVERNOR: Kathy Hochul vs. Juumane Williams
– ATTORNEY GENERAL: Sean Patrick Maloney vs. Letitia A. James vs. Leecia R. Eve vs. Zephyr Teachout
Voters will have primary contests for Auburn City Court Judge, as well as District 10 Legislator. Steven Buschman and David Thurston will face off for City Judge; while Joseph Bennett and Mikel Zank will be options for voters in the legislative race.
Voters will have only one major race to negotiate in Seneca County, after County Court Judge Dennis Bender’s 2018 retirement. His exit cleared the way for District Attorney Barry Porsch, former District Attorney Donna Cathy, and local attorney David Ettman to throw their names in the primary contest.
– MEET THE CANDIDATES: Three vying to succeed Judge Bender in Seneca Co.
– INSIDE THE FLX: Porsch touts experience in race for judge (video interview)
– Donna Cathy says longterm belief in Seneca fuels her run (video interview)
– David Ettman believes experience, broad range of it – crucial in race (video interview)
Contested primary contests for Ontario County Court Judge and Ontario County Sheriff make for the most-interesting lineup in the Finger Lakes. Silvio Palermo and Bob Green go before voters in the Republican Primary for the chance to take on Kevin Henderson, a Democrat, in November’s general election. Meanwhile, Kitty Karle, and Edward Kenyon battle for County Court Judge. Margaret Reston and Jackie Sisson Sherry go before voters on a number of party lines for Canandaigua City Court Judge.
– Two candidates, many primaries for Canandaigua city judge
– Messenger Editorial Board meets with both GOP Ontario County Court judge candidates
– PRIMARY PREVIEW: Candidates for sheriff in Ontario County face off this week (video interview)
No local races
Voters in Tompkins County have active primary races for New York State Senate District 58 – between Amanda Kirchgessner and Michael Lausell on the Democratic line; as well as a fight for sheriff between incumbent Ken Lansing and Derek Osborne. In the 125th Assembly District Dian Bruns and Emily Adams eye a state seat.
Schuyler County residents will get to decide the future of two legislative seats, two coroner positions, as well as the role of treasurer. All carry four year terms, which will begin in 2019. New York State Senate District 58, and State Assembly’s 132nd both will be filled this year as well.
Voters in Yates County will have active primary race for New York State Senate District 58 – between Amanda Kirchgessner and Michael Lausell on the Democratic line.