ELIZABETHTOWN - It's a fairly slow primary season this year, but local elections will likely heat up this November as several area supervisors fight to keep their seats.
This year's primary will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 18 from noon-9 p.m.. Originally slated to take place a week before, the date was pushed back in New York State out of respect for 9-11 observances.
The only county wide election in 2007 is for county clerk. Incumbent Joseph Provoncha of North Hudson is running as a Republican, and is unopposed. Local races include:
Chesterfield: There is no primary in the town of Chesterfield, but a three-way race for two councilmen's positions will take place in the general elections. Imcumbent Republican Russell Blaise is seeking relection, and will face challengers Republican Michael Leclair and Joseph Kusalonis.
Other incumbents are running unopposed for four year terms. Democrat Gerald Morrow is seeking another term as supervisor, Republican Lynn Jarvis is seeking another term as town clerk, Republican Philip Pray is seeking another term as superintendent of highways, and Democrat Bruce Bourgeois Jr. is seeking another term as tax collector.
Elizabethtown: Imcumbent Noel Merrihew III is challenged by current Councilman Joseph Martin seeking the Republican primary nomination for town supervisor. Merrihew and Martin will both run in the general election as Independents, while Martin will also appear on the Democratic ticket.
A three-way general election race for town board will take place. Incumbent Republicans Philip Hutchins and Michael Mcginn will face Margaret Bartley, who is running on the Democratic and Independent lines, to keep their seats.
Republican Dennis Aubin is running unopposed for another two year term as superintendent of highways.
Essex: There are no contested races in Essex. In the general election, Republican Ronald Jackson is running for re-election as town supervisor, Republican Audrey Hoskins is seeking the town clerk/tax collector slot, and Republicans Stephen Sayward Jr. and Mark Wrisley are seeking re-election as town councilmen. Republicans Grace Drummond and David Sayre are seeking re-election as accessors, and James Morgan Jr. is seeking re-election as superintendent of highways.
Jay: There is no primary in Jay, but there will be a five-way race for town board in the general election. Democrats Daniel Vincent and Henry Lowther will face Republican Thomas McDonald and Gerald Hall and Independeent John Sheldrake.
Republican Daniel Deyoe is seeking the town justices slot unopposed. Incumbent John Snow is not seeking re-election.
Keene: There is no primary in Keene, but there will be a three-way race for town board in the general election. Democrat Naj Wikoff, incumbent Democrat Marcy Neville and incumbent Republican Lawrence Jaques are all seeking seats.
Supervisor Republican William Ferebee, Assessor Republican William Washburn and Town Justice Republican Kent Wells are seeking relection. Independent Donna Combs is running unopposed to fill a vacent accessors slot.
Lewis: There is no primary in Lewis. In the general election, Republican David Blades is running unopposed to fill the supervisors position vacated by Anthony Glebus, and Democratic incumbent Charles Martin will face Democrat Francis Drake and Republican Stephen Denton Jr. will vie for two seats on the town board. Kenneth Whittemore is not seeking re-election. Republican James Pulsifer is seeking another term as town justice.
Westport: There is no primary or contested election in the town of Westport. Westport supervisor Democrat Daniel Connell is seeking another term, town councilmen Republican Michael Ike Tyler and Republican Edward Smith are seeking another term, and Democrat Brenda McCooey is running for another term as town clerk/tax collector.
Willsboro: Incumbent Robert Ashline is challenged by Lori Torrance seeking the Republican primary nomination for town supervisor. Ashline will also run on the Independent line in the general election. Town clerk Beverly Moran (R) is running unopposed for re-election.
While there is no primary for town council, there will be a four-way race in the general election. Democrats Robald Bruce and Steve Benway will face incumbent Republicants Spencer Stafford Sr. and Darren Darrah.
Superintendent of Highways Peter Jacques is running unopposed for re-election as a Republican.
Wilmington: There is no primary in the town of Wilmington, but in the general election Democrat Jeanne Ashworth will face Independent Randy Preston to keep her supervisors position.
Three seats on the town board are also up for election. Democrat Rarilee Conway is running unopposed to fill the unexpired term of Wesley Gonyea, who resigned. Republican Stephen Corvelli and newcomer Republican Darin Forbes will seek election to the town board. Incumbent Russ Mulvey is not seeking re-election.
Republican Robert Kirby is running unopposed to fill a vacancy as town justice, while town clerk/tax collector Republican Gerald Bruce, Superintendent of Highways Republican Marcel Bruce and Assessor Republican Alphonso Smith are also running unopposed for re-election.