Independents vie for local offices


The Leader-Herald

JOHNSTOWN – Two of the three Republican Gloversville mayoral candidates filed independent petitions, assuring they will be on the Nov. 5 general election ballot regardless of the outcome of the Sept. 10 primary elections.

Incumbent Gloversville Mayor Dayton King and Republican challenger James Handy were two of 33 candidates to file independent petitions this past week with the Fulton County Board of Elections, county elections officials said.

King filed under the People’s line and Handy on the Working for You line. Candidates had until 5 p.m. Tuesday to file as independents.

King and Handy already are locked in a three-way GOP primary with Michael Ponticello. King and Handy also will face each other in a separate Conservative primary. Now, no matter what the outcome of those two primaries, the names of King and Handy will be on the November ballot.

In other Gloversville races, Democratic 1st Ward Councilwoman Robin Wentworth filed as an independent Community Roots candidate for councilman-at-large. She’s already running on the Democratic line in November against incumbent Republican Councilman-at-Large James Robinson.

Democratic Gloversville 1st Ward Supervisor Marie Born faces no opposition, but will be an American Spirit independent candidate.

Democratic Gloversville 2nd Ward Supervisor Frank Lauria Jr., who also faces no opposition, filed as an independent Liberty candidate.

Gregory Young filed as an independent Community candidate and former Supervisor Michael Rooney as an independent Moderate candidate to run as Gloversville 5th Ward supervisor. They will square off in a three-way general election race against Republican Matthew Myers.

Elsewhere in independent filings in Fulton County:

City of Johnstown: Christopher Swatt will run as an independent Common Sense candidate against incumbent Councilman-at-Large Bryan Marcucci in the general election. Marcucci is running on the Conservative line.

Swatt tried to run as a Republican, but Marcucci successfully challenged Swatt’s petitions. Swatt didn’t have the Sept. 10 primary date written on one of his Republican petition sheets, and he didn’t initial changes he made to two other pages, according to the Board of Elections.

Independent incumbent city Water Board member John Pradelski is also unopposed on the Honest line.

Bleecker: Darren Smith filed as an independent Sportsmen’s candidate to run for councilman against Republican David Bartholomew.

Town of Broadalbin: Incumbent Republican Supervisor Joseph DiGiacomo and challenger Thomas Christopher both filed as independents under the Patriot Party and Patriot lines, respectively, assuring spots in the general election. The two candidates also will face off in a September Republican primary. Christopher had also tried to run as a Conservative, but was stripped of that designation because the New York State Conservative Party didn’t endorse him.

Larry Ruzycky filed as an independent Patriot candidate for councilman. A four-way Republican councilman primary in September is scheduled between Ruzycky, Tina Winney, Drew Thompson and Kimberly Verrego. Winney and Ruzycky also are on the ballot as Conservatives.

Joseph McDonald filed as an independent Patriot Party candidate for assessor. He also will be on the Republican line in November and is unopposed.

Caroga: Greta Fraiser is back on the ballot for town clerk as an independent Greta Party candidate. Incumbent Republican Town Clerk Linda Gilbert earlier this summer successfully challenged Fraiser’s Republican petition, which didn’t have enough valid signatures.

Town of Johnstown: Three independent councilmen candidates filed – Walter Lane on the Down to Earth line, John Zawadzki on the Citizens Unite line and Tamara Healy on the We The People line. A Republican primary for councilman is scheduled in September between Lane, Clarinda Bellen and James Westover. Democrat John Zawadzki is also on the November ballot.

Northampton: Incumbent Republican Supervisor Linda Kemper faces separate Republican and Conservative primary challenges from James Groff. No matter the outcome, both will be on the November ballot as independents – Kemper on the Wisest Choice line and Groff on the Unite N’ Hampton line.

Art Simmons and Darryl Roosa – both on the Unite N’ Hampton line – and Guy Poulin on the People’s Choice line all filed independent petitions for councilman to run in November. The three also will face off in a Republican primary for the position. Simmons and Roosa also will be on the Conservative line in November.

Oppenheim: Walter Rumrill Jr. filed as an independent New Era candidate for supervisor. He already will challenge sitting GOP Supervisor George Capek in a primary.

A highway superintendent primary will be held between Republicans Leo Miller and Richard Crum Jr. But both assured they will be on the November ballot with Miller filing as an independent Highway line candidate and Crum filing as an independent Bulldog line candidate. Democrat David Stowell also will be on the November ballot.

Perth: A Democratic primary will be conducted between David Dopp and Stanley Korona Jr. for highway superintendent. But Dopp also filed as an Alternative line candidate and Korona filed as an independent Workman’s Party candidate.

Stratford: Incumbent Republican Supervisor Robert Johnson Jr. got into the race late, filing as an independent We the People candidate. He didn’t run as a Republican, and now he faces the winner of a Democratic primary between Bernard Leavitt Jr. and Leigh Anne Loucks in the general election.

Democrat Charles Goodwin will face Republican Gary Rumrill Sr. for highway superintendent in November. But both also filed as independents – Goodwin as a Hunting Party candidate and Rumrill as a Voice of Reason candidate.

Republican Allen Perkins was unopposed for councilman, but he now faces independent challenges from Patricia WainwrightRaymo on the Hometown line and Joan Ploss on the Garden Gal line.

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