Whirlwind Primary Season

Well, we are in the thick of the craziest primary season we've seen in Broome County in quite a while.  We've got a state-wide gubernatorial race, a county-wide senatorial race (put in at the 11th hour), and a myriad of county legislature and town office races to go with them.

Here's the tale of the tape, broken down by party.




Zephyr A. Teachout and Randy Credico are running against incumbent Andrew Cuomo.

Lieutenant Governor:

Kathy Hochul and Timothy Wu are battling it out for the Lieutenant Governor ballot position in November.

Town of Vestal

Town Council:

Darlene Silvernail Bucinell and Kenneth J. Fortier square off.



State Senator, 52nd District:

Due to an eleventh-hour court ruling, incumbent Tom Libous is being challenged by Denver Jones for the Republican line.

Town of Chenango

Town Justice:

Michael A. Fedish, Thorold J. Smith, Richard Waffle, and Clyde R. Gruver, Jr. duke it out in a Vote for Two race for Justice.

Town Council:

James DiMascio, Rhoda Pudiak, and Russell J. Hemedinger go toe-to-toe-to-toe in a Vote For Two primary.

Town of Colesville

Town Council:

Gordon Carroll, James W. Hankins, Michael F. Olin, and Donald A. Snow vie for 2 spots in a Vote for Two contest.

Town of Conklin

Town Council:

Dell A. Boyle, Roger Conklin, and William C Dumian, Jr. are battling to make the cut in a Vote for Two race.

Town of Maine

Town Clerk:

Nancy Rutkowski and Sandra Stephens line up in a head-to-head race for the Republican line in November.

Town of Triangle

Superintendent of Highways:

Arthur Baxter and Dana L. Madden go one-on-one for the Republican line.



County Legislature, 2nd District:

Scott Baker is facing an Opportunity to Ballot Write-In challenge in the 2nd district, encompassing parts of Town of Kirkwood, Town of Conklin, and Town of Sanford.

For those who don't know what an Opportunity to Ballot is, here is a definition borrowed from our friends to the west, Erie County.  

Opportunity To Ballot Petition

To create the opportunity to write in the name of an unspecified person for an office in which there is no contest for the party endorsement, party members may circulate an opportunity to ballot petition. The number of signatures required to create an opportunity to ballot is equal to the number of signatures required to designate the party's candidate for that office.

City Of Binghamton

City Judge:

Carol A. Cocchiola, Michael Baker, Daniel L. Seiden, and William C. Pelella have all thrown their hats in the ring for the two spots on the Independence line in November.



Town of Maine

Town Supervisor:

George E. Ludington and James A. McKilligan go after the Conservative line in the General Election on November 4th.



County Legislature, 11th District

There will be an Opportunity to Ballot in the 11th County Legislative district.  

Absentee Voting for the Primary:

Some things to remember:

Absentee Applications are available online at BroomeVotes.com:  


Absentee Applications must be mailed back to the Broome County Board of Elections postmarked no later than Tuesday, 9/2 (1 week before the election) or brought in person to the Board no later than Monday, 9/8 (the day before the election).

Absentee ballots can be voted in person at the Broome County Board of Elections up until Monday, 9/8.

Absentee ballots can be mailed back to the Broome County Board of Elections as long as they are postmarked no later than Monday, 9/8 and received by Wednesday, 9/17.




If you've made it this far reading this post, thank you for your patience.

Now the best thing you can do is hit those polls on September 9th and make your voice heard. 

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Have a great week.  We'll see you at the polls next Tuesday.

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