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PRIMARY DAY 2018: Voters take to polls to set November elections

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

Statewide Races

Democratic Party

– 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

Every New York state primary race you need to know about, briefly explained

Cayuga County

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.

Ballots: Democratic (Auburn) | Democratic (County)

Who’s on the ballot in Cayuga County? (The Auburn Citizen)
Incumbent Bennett, newcomer Zank clash in Cayuga County Legislature Democratic primary

Seneca County

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.

All Ballots Available Here

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)

Ontario County

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.

Ballots: All Available Here

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)

Wayne County

No local races

Ballots: Democratic | Reform

Tompkins County

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.

Ballots: Democratic (Ithaca) | Democratic (Other) | Reform

Tompkins Weekly: Previewing the race for sheriff

Schuyler County

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.

Ballots: Not available online.

Yates County

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.

Ballots: Democratic | Reform

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