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Primaries likely in Fulton & Montgomery counties

The Glove Cities likely will both have three-way Republican mayoral primaries this fall, according to petitions filed with the Fulton County Board of Elections.

Scott Jeffers, Larry Razzano and Helen Martin are vying for the Republican nomination in Johnstown, where the mayor’s seat is open. James Handy, Michael Ponticello and incumbent Dayton King seek the GOP nod in Gloversville. Primaries will be held on Sept. 10.

Copies of the petitions filed in Montgomery County and a list of the Fulton County primaries are available below.

Fulton County Republican Committee Chairwoman Susan McNeil said the primaries are good because they give voters a choice. She said the primary in Johnstown stemmed from the wide-open field, because incumbent Mayor Sarah Slingerland is not seeking another term. In Gloversville, McNeil said, the three-way field was a product of different views.

The endorsed Republican candidate in Gloversville is Ponticello.

A full story on the petitions is available HERE.

A potentially less contentious primary is in Montgomery County, where the newly constituted county government is forcing Minden Town Supervisor Thomas Quackenbush to square off against Palantine Town Supervisor Brian Sweet for the Republican and Conservative nominations.

Because of the way the districts were drawn, Quackenbush said they were forced to run against each other for a County Legislature seat. “I was against it and so was Brian,” he said, adding that they’re friends.

But now that the lines are set, Quackenbush said, “We’ve got our eye on the same prize and we both want in.”

If Quackenbush doesn’t win the Republican or Conservative nominations he could still run as a Democratic candidate, as petitions were submitted on his behalf and a waiver will be given to allow him to run. “I’m going to campaign. It doesn’t matter what line you’re on,” he said.

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Fulton County Primaries by DailyGazette

Montgomery County Petitions by DailyGazette

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