Primary elections take shape in Montgomery County
FONDA – The primaries in Montgomery County have been finalized.
Candidates had until 5 p.m. July 11 to submit their petitions, complete with signatures, to the Board of Elections.
According to the website for Montgomery County – www.co.montgomery.ny.us – primary elections will take place Sept. 10.
Independent candidates will be able to file their petitions from Aug. 13 to 20.
General Election Day is Nov. 5.
Montgomery County’s first ever county executive race will have Democrat Dominick Stagliano, who currently holds the position of St. Johnsville’s supervisor, running against Republican Matthew L. Ossenfort. Ossenfort currently works with the New York State Senate as a senior legislative analyst. Ossenfort also will be on the Conservative and Independence ballots in November.
In the races for the new county Legislature positions, Brian D. Sweet, the supervisor of Palatine, will face Thomas L. Quackenbush, the supervisor of Minden, to be the legislator for District 2. Quackenbush and Sweet will compete in Republican and Conservative primaries in September. Quackenbush also will be listed on the ballot as a Democrat.
Democrat Roy S. Dimond will run against Republican John W. Thayer in District 3. Thayer currently is chairman of the Board of Supervisors and is the supervisor for Root. Dimond will also be on the Conservative line.
Democrat Terry A. Bieniek will face Republican Daniel P. Wilson for District 5. Bieniek also will be on the Conservative line and Wilson will appear on the Independence line.
Democrat Jeffery P. Stark will face Republican Barbara S. Wheeler, who is currently the 4th Ward alderwoman for the city of Amsterdam, for District 7. Wheeler also will be on the Conservative and Independence ballots. Democrat Joseph M. Isabel will run against Republican Vito L. Greco, who is currently the 1st Ward alderman in Amsterdam, in District 8. Greco also will be on the Conservative and Independence ballots. Republican Alexander S. Kuchis will face Democrat Robert A. Purtell in District 9. Kuchis will be on the Conservative and Independence lines as well.
Facing no opposition so far are the following county legislator candidates: Republican Martin Kelly for District 1, Republican Ryan B. Weitz for District 4 and Democrat John M. Duchessi for District 6. Kelly and Weitz also will appear on the Conservative and Independence ballots, and Duchessi will be on the Conservative line.
The districts will go into effect Jan. 1 as the county shifts from a board of supervisors to a legislative form of government with a county executive.
Other county races include:
In the city of Amsterdam, candidates running for alderman positions include Democrat Kenneth R. Mazur facing Republican Edward W. Russo in the 1st Ward; Russo also will be on the Conservative ballot. Republican Ronald J. Barone Sr. will face Republican Anthony D. Leggiero in a primary, and the winner will run against Democrat Debra S. Baranello in the 3rd Ward. Barone also will be on the Conservative ballot.
For the 4th Ward, Democrat David Dybas will face Republican Diane M. Hatzenbuhler who also will appear on the Conservative and Independence lines.
So far, Democrat Valerie C. Beekman has no competition in the 2nd Ward, and Republican Richard J. Leggiero has no challenger for the alderman spot in the 5th Ward.
Republican Matthew A. Agresta will face Democrat Irene Collins for the controller position.
In the town of Amsterdam, running for the two councilmen positions are Democrats Bart A. Tessiero and Kenneth J. Krutz. Both Tessiero and Krutz will be on the Conservative ballot. Democrat Deborah A. Slezak and Democrat Herbert D. Menge were elected for the two town justice positions.
Running unopposed so far for positions are: Democrat Linda Bartone Hughes for town clerk, Republican Kim S. Smith for tax collector, Republican Alyce J. Banewicz for town assessor, Republican David R. Thibodeau for highway superintendent and incumbent Supervisor Thomas P. DiMezza, a Republican.
Thibodeau also will be on the Conservative ballot.
In the town of Canajoharie, Republicans Rodney A. Young and William Armitstead are running for the two councilmen positions.
Running for highway superintendent are Republicans David A. Hodge and James E. Homkey. Hodge will also be on the Conservative ballot. Republican Laurie M. Vroman is running unopposed for town clerk.
Republican Herbert T. Allen is running unopposed to stay in his current position as supervisor.
In Charleston, Democrat Robert S. Sullivan, the current supervisor, will face Republican Jeffrey J. Downes. Sullivan also will be on the Conservative ballot.
Democrats Frank T. Vainauskas Jr. and Charles McMullen, along with Republican Paul A. Orzolek, will be running for the two available council spots.
Republican Bruce M. Ferguson is running unopposed for the position of councilmen with an unexpired term and Diane C. Ferguson is running unopposed for town clerk/tax collector.
Candidates for highway superintendent include Democrat Merrill James Wojcik III, Democrat John A. Gross and Republican Robert D. Rhinehardt. Wojcik and Rhinehardt will both be on the Conservative ballot.
In Florida, Republicans Guy Robataille and Harold J. Alikonis are running for two positions on the council.
For the position of town clerk/tax collector, Republicans Kathryn M. Hermance and Kim C. LaMont will face each other; the winner will face Democrat Denise B. Dennison in November. Hermance also will be on the Conservative ballot.
Republicans Lois P. Carleo and Stephen M. Brown will be running for the two town justice positions available.
Democrat Donna L. Gray, running for town assessor, and Democrat William G. Weller, running for highway superintendent, are both unopposed. Weller also will be on the Conservative ballot.
So far, Republican Eric M. Mead is unopposed in the race for supervisor.
In Glen, Republicans Thomas J. Murray Jr. and Kirk M. Field are running for the two town board positions.
Democrat Linda Petterson will face Republican Ralph E. Schnackenberg for the position of town justice. Petterson also will be on the Community ballot.
Running unopposed are Republican Roxanne Douglas for Town Clerk/Tax Collector, Dennis Mihuka, a Democrat, for highway superintendent, and Republican Lawrence Coddington for his current spot as supervisor.
In Minden, Democrat Kenneth A. Smith, Republican Robert V. Perry and Conservative Cheryl Reese will compete for the supervisor position.
Republicans Stephen R. Heiser, James F. Earing Jr., Thomas E. Yager, Sandra (Joan) Eckler and Bryan D. Hayes are competing for the two available council positions. Heiser also will be on the Conservative ballot.
Republicans Scott Allen Crewell and Ronald A. Douglas will face each other for the position of highway superintendent; the winner will face Democrat Albert Hayes.
Republican Janet I. Trumbull is running unopposed for town clerk/tax collector. She also will be on the Conservative line.
In Mohawk, Republicans Edward M. Bishop Sr. and James Hoffman, along with Democrat Wayne T. DeMallie, will be competing for supervisor. DeMallie also will appear on the Conservative line.
Democrats Janet L. Tyler and John Buccos III along with Republican Matthew S. Paton will be vying for the two available councilmen positions.
Republicans William D. Holvig and Ronald G. Hinkle will face each other for the highway superintendent position. Holvig also will appear on the Conservative ballot. Republican Kimberly M. Sullivan is unopposed for the town clerk/tax collector position.
In Palatine, Republicans Betty J. Sanders and Shawn J. Cotton are running for the two available council positions.
Running unopposed are Linda E. Logan for the town clerk position, Ronald J. Dygert for town justice and Arthur A. Logan for highway superintendent.
In Root, Republican Dominic G. Cuomo and Democrat LuEmma Quackenbush are running for two spots on the council.
Running unopposed are Republican Laurel Sherrie Eriksen for town clerk, Democrat Donald W. Oeser for highway superintendent, and Republican Gary A. Kamp for supervisor. Eriksen and Oeser will both be on the Conservative ballot as well.
In St. Johnsville, Republicans Ronald R. Millington, Ronald A. Hezel and Susan M. Handy will face each other for the two available councilmember positions.
Democrat Jeffrey A. Doxtater will face Republican Maynard J. Baker for the highway superintendent position.
Running unopposed will be Democrat Lynn M. Stever for town clerk/tax collector, Republican Bruce R. Dye for town justice and Republican Wayne M. Handy for supervisor.