Tuesday is Primary Day in Chautauqua County and across new York state with several key election on today’s ballot. For local voters, both major parties as well as major third parties will all have contested races.
Highlighting this year’s primary across the state is the race for governor and lieutenant governor for the Democratic Party, with three candidates on the ballot for governor and two candidates on the ballot for lt. governor.
In the governor’s race, incumbent Andrew Cuomo (Kisco, NY) will facing upstart challenger Zephyr Teachout (Brooklyn, NY) and fellow challenger Randy Credico (New York, NY).
In the Democratic Primary race for Lt. Governor, Kathy Hochul of Erie County has been tapped to be governor’s Cuomo’s running mate, replacing current lt. Gov. Robert Duffy of Rochester, who announced earlier this year he would not be seeking a second term as lt. governor Hochul is running against fellow democrat and Teachout running mate Timothy Wu.
In addition to the democratic primary for governor, there will also be six party primaries in the newly created office for a second Chautauqua County Family Court Judge. A total of four candidates will have their names on the ballot, with all of them vying for at least one of the six party endorsement.
In the Democratic Party primary for that office, Falconer attorney Sally Jaroszynski, who is currently Ellicott Town Justice, will be facing Westfield attorney James Spann Jr. – who currently serves as the Westfield town justice.
For the Republican Party, Jamestown attorney Jeffry Piazza will be running against Fredonia Mayor and attorney Michael Sullivan.
In addition, Piazza, Sullivan and Spann will be competing for the endorsement of the Conservative Party.
Both Spann and Sullivan are candidates for the Working Families Party.
For the Independence Party, Piazza, Spann and Sullivan are all running for endorsement.
And for the Green Party, Spann and Sullivan are running for endorsement.
There is also a primary for Jamestown residents who live in district 12 for the Chautauqua County Legislature. Democrat and current legislator Beth Kresge, who was only appointed to the seat earlier this year, will be facing Jamestown Republican Elisabeth Rankin in the November general election. However, both candidates are also vying for the Independence Party endorsement on primary day – meaning any registered members of the independence party that live in District 12 will have the opportunity to vote for one of the two.
Primary Day in Chautauqua County will have voting from noon to 9 p.m. at all polling locations. Voters can find their personal voter information at www.votechautauqua.com.