Get out the vote Tuesday

Local registered voters need to turn out for the area primaries Tuesday.

In many races, party-registered voters can have a significant effect on who will run in November; and, of course, they will give candidates important party endorsements.

Local primaries include:

– In Gloversville, incumbent Gloversville Mayor Dayton King and will face James Handy and Michael Ponticello in a Republican primary. King and Handy also will face each other in a separate Conservative primary.

While King and Handy filed to run as independents, Ponticello did not.

– In the city of Johnstown, none of the candidates for mayor filed independent petitions.

However, there will be a three-way Republican primary for the city’s 1,851 registered Republicans to vote in. Helen Martin, Larry Razzano and Scott Jeffers are seeking the Republican nod.

The winner will face Democrat Michael Julius in the general election.

– In Broadalbin, incumbent Supervisor Joseph DiGiacomo will face challenger Thomas Christopher in a Republican primary. Christopher successfully filed to run as an independent, but DiGiacomo will not appear on an independent line in November.

These contests illustrate the importance of voting in a primary. Voters in two of them could effectively elect their next representative. In any event, in heavily Republican Fulton?County, securing the GOP helps any candidate.

However, regardless of party affiliation, people eligible to vote in a primary should do so Tuesday. Our local governments are only effective when engaged citizens consider critical issues and decide who is best equipped to handle them.