JAMESTOWN – Tomorrow is Primary Day for state and local offices and in Chautauqua County, polls will be open for all county Democratic, Conservative and Reform Parties’ registered voters. Additionally, Independence Voters in Ripley and Portland will be voting to decide a Town Justice candidate. Busti Republicans in Election District 3 will choose two county committee members.
The biggest primary races are in the Democratic party, where DEMOCRATIC REGISTERED VOTERS will be deciding between Cynthia Nixon and Andrew Cuomo for Governor and Kathy Hochul and Jumaane Williams for Lt. Governor. There’s also a crowded field of four candidates for Attorney General – including Sean Patrick Maloney, Letitia James, Leecia Eve, and Zephyr Teachout.
CONSERVATIVE REGISTERED VOTERS will be picking that party’s candidate for Sheriff choosing between Joseph Gerace and James Quattrone. Also, Ripley Conservative voters will pick between John Hamels and Lawrence Freligh for that town’s Conservative candidate.
· REPUBLICAN REGISTERED VOTERS IN BUSTI (Election District 3 Only) will choose between Randall Holcomb, Susan Drago and Douglas Schutte as to which of the two will represent them as party members for that election district on the GOP County Committee.
· INDEPENDENCE VOTERS IN PORTLAND AND RIPLEY will be deciding between Daniel Thompson, Michelle Patterson, and Thomas DeJoe for which two will be the Independence Party candidates for two open seats in November. In Ripley, Hamels and Freligh will again face off, but this time on the Independence line.
· REFORM PARTY is showcasing an Attorney General nomination runoff between Nancy Sliwa, Mike Diederich and Christopher Garvey. None of the three candidates are cross endorsed and only the winner will move on to the November ballot. In a party rule oddity, any voter not affiliated with one of the state’s other seven major parties may vote to decide the Reform Party candidate.
The state’s primary normally would fall on Tuesday Sept. 11th. But with that date being the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and the second day of Rosh Hashanah, state lawmakers decided to move the primary back two days.
Polls are open Noon to 9 p.m. Thursday.
People unsure of their party affiliation can visit votechautauqua.com and click on “Personal Voter Lookup” to access the voter’s current voting record.