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PRIMARY RESULTS: Palermo will advance to face Henderson, all Seneca judge candidates to remain on ballot

We still don’t have all of the answers.

While 100 percent of districts are reporting, some absentee ballots will have to be counted. However, a number of races played out in such a way that the drama of a general election – will be just as interesting as that of the primary session.

Incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul both held off impressive challenges from those who represented the ‘progressive’ wing of the party. Or at least that’s what the pundits would have had you believe. Whether the case or not – neither Juumane Williams, or Cynthia Nixon – who made compelling cases of their own – were successful in Thursday’s primary contests.

The race to succeed longtime Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero officially has two candidates. Silvio Palermo successfully won his primary challenge by Bob Green by a percentage count of 53- to 46 percent. Now, Palermo will face Kevin Henderson, a Democrat, to become the next sheriff in November’s general election.

Kitty Karle won Republican and Reform primaries for Ontario County Court Judge, which secure her seat as the next judge. She took 54 percent of Republican primary votes – and 64 percent of Reform votes. Karle will have no opponent in the general election, which means – barring an unexpected issue that prevents her from taking on the role – she will be the next judge in Ontario County.

In Canandaigua, Jackie Sisson Sherry swept six-of-seven primary contests with Meg Reston. Reston held a tie on the Working Families line, but it’s unclear if she will remain on the ballot moving forward, or challenge the results.

In the District 10 Legislature primary happening in Cayuga County Joseph Bennett held of Mikel Sank by a vote count of 129 to 48 for the Democratic nomination.

David Thurston successfully won the Democratic Primary for Auburn City Court Judge, which was challenged by Steven Buschman. Thurston received 1,063 votes to Buschman’s 749.

In the heated race for Seneca County Court Judge – all three candidates will remain on the ballot heading into November’s general election. David Ettman won the Democratic and Green Party contests. While Porsch unofficially won the Republican Primary, with absentee ballots still to be counted. Donna Cathy won the Conservative, Independence, and Reform contests.

Cathy thanked supporters in a brief statement to media:

“I’m proud to have earned victories in today’s Conservative, Independence and Reform Primary Elections. Thank you to all of voters who cast their ballots for my candidacy today. Although tonight’s unofficial results have me down by 41 votes in the Republican Primary, there are at least 115 Absentee Ballots yet to be counted so we will have to wait until next week to see the final tally, and then see how the General Election in November will play out.”

Ettman added the following in a post to social media:

“I am certainly happy with the results from today’s vote, winning the Democrat and Green Party primaries and showing well in across the board. But the real mission is to show that this campaign for Seneca County Judge is about Justice, Not Politics, so I will continue to meet and talk to the Seneca County community to highlight the experience and knowledge that my almost 35 years of legal experience can best serve in all of the Seneca County Courts. I also believe that today’s outcome in all of the primary elections was very positive, given that my opponents started with high name recognition, and that both are seasoned and well-financed politicians. For the next seven and one half weeks, I will continue to bring my campaign to the Seneca County community and show why I am the most qualified and competent person to serve as the next Seneca County Judge.”

District Attorney Barry Porsch added the following about Thursday’s results:

“The vote totals for the county judge candidates in the 7 primary elections shows that Barry Porsch received 1,714 votes, David Ettman received 1,448 votes and Donna Cathy received 973 votes. Despite negative and false campaigning by my opponents, I still earned a majority of the votes. I will be on the ballot in November and look forward to obtaining a majority of votes in that election, too.”

More headlines from Thursday’s primaries:

Karle wins Ontario County Court judge, Palermo wins sheriff primary in Ontario County (MPNNow.com)
The Latest: Cuomo defeats Nixon in NY gubernatorial primary (MPNNow.com)
Andrew Cuomo wins easily over Cynthia Nixon in New York primary (D&C)
Letitia James wins race for New York attorney general (D&C)
Latest primary election results for Monroe, Ontario, & Orleans counties (D&C)
Palermo wins GOP primary for Ontario County Sheriff (13WHAM.com)
Derek Osborne defeats incumbent Lansing; both will remain on ballot (Ithaca Voice)


Statewide Races

Governor – Democratic

Andrew Cuomo: 65.6% – Winner
Cynthia Nixon: 34.4%

Lieutenant Governor – Democratic

Juumane Williams: 48%
Kathy Hochul: 52% – Winner

Attorney General – Democratic

Letitia James: 42.8% – Winner
Zephyr Teachout: 30.3%
Sean Patrick Maloney: 23.5%
Leecia Eve: 3.3%


Ontario County

Canandaigua City Court Judge – Democratic

Margaret Reston: 31.15%
Jackie Sisson Sherry: 68.7% – Winner

Canandaigua City Court Judge – Republican

Margaret Reston: 36%
Jackie Sisson Sherry: 63% – Winner

Canandaigua City Court Judge – Green

Margaret Reston: 40%
Jackie Sisson Sherry: 60% – Winner

Canandaigua City Court Judge – Conservative

Margaret Reston: 28%
Jackie Sisson Sherry: 71% – Winner

Canandaigua City Court Judge – Independence

Margaret Reston: 41%
Jackie Sisson Sherry: 56% – Winner

Canandaigua City Court Judge – Women’s Equality

Margaret Reston: 50%
Jackie Sisson Sherry: 50%

Canandaigua City Court Judge – Reform

Margaret Reston: 36%
Jackie Sisson Sherry: 64% – Winner

Ontario County Sheriff – Republican

Silvio Palermo: 53% – Winner
Robert Green: 46%

Ontario County Court Judge – Republican

Edward Kenyon: 45%
Kitty Karle: 54% – Winner

Ontario County Court Judge – Reform

Edward Kenyon: 36%
Kitty Karle:  63% – Winner


Seneca County

Seneca County Court Judge – Democratic

Barry Porsch: 46.59%
David Ettman: 49.97% – Winner

Seneca County Court Judge – Republican

David Ettman: 25.02%
Donna Cathy: 36.41%
Barry Porsch: 38.33% – Winner

Seneca County Court Judge – Conservative

Donna Cathy: 50.00% – Winner
David Ettman: 31.11%
Barry Porsch: 18.89%

Seneca County Court Judge – Green

Barry Porsch: 25.00%
David Ettman: 75.00% – Winner

Seneca County Court Judge – Working Families

Barry Porsch: 43.75%
David Ettman: 43.75%

Seneca County Court Judge – Independence

Donna Cathy: 35.38% – Winner
David Ettman: 31.54%
Barry Porsch: 33.08%

Seneca County Court Judge – Reform

Barry Porsch: 38.82%
Donna Cathy: 43.04% – Winner

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