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.
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.
“When there is a primary, we will wait to see who the winner is and back them” McNeil said of the county’s position. After the primaries, she hopes that the local Republican committees will fulfill their responsibilities and support the nominated candidate.
In Gloversville, there is also the possibility of a primary for the Conservative Party line, with Handy and King both submitting petitions. To qualify for the primary, both would have to receive waivers from the Conservative Party because neither are members of that party.
As of late Thursday evening, no Democratic candidates had emerged for the post.
In Johnstown, Democrat Michael Julius had filed petitions to run for mayor, and Martin has filed petitions to run on the Conservative Party line, which would require that she receives a waiver. It is possible that the general election in the fall could also be a three-way race, if Martin loses the Republican primary and runs on the Conservative Party line.
A full list of primaries in Fulton County and petitions filed by candidates in Montgomery County can be found on the Capital Region Scene blog.
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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.
It is possible that objections to petitions could result in a candidate being bounced from a specific line and there is still time for candidates to file petitions for independent parties.
Based on petitions filed with the Montgomery County Board of Elections, Martin Kelly, Ryan Weitz and John Duchessi are running unopposed for the County Legislature and fall elections are likely in the remaining races.
It is possible that there will be a Conservative primary for supervisor in the town of Amsterdam, a three-way general election for supervisor in Minden, a Republican primary for supervisor in Mohawk and only Democrat Sara Niccoli submitted petitions to be supervisor of the heavily Republican Palatine.
Based on petitions filed in Fulton County, the race for supervisor of Broadalbin could be decided during the primaries, when Thomas Christopher and Joseph DiGiacomo could square off for the Republican and Conservative nominations. No Democratic candidate filed petitions in that race or for Town Board, where four Republicans will likely compete in a primary for two spots.
Schoharie County’s Board of Election did not provide the Gazette with election petitions on Friday.