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Political candidates file petitions in Montgomery County

Political candidates file petitions in Montgomery County

Races in three of nine legislative districts contested
Political candidates file petitions in Montgomery County
Photographer: Gazette file photo

Although all nine Montgomery County legislators are up for reelection in November, only three will face challengers backed by statewide political parties.

April 4 was the deadline for submitting petitions to run in the June political party primaries. Prior to this year, primaries were held in September. Candidates wishing to run as independents must file petitions between May 21 and May 28 to appear on the November ballot as independent party candidates.

According to the Montgomery County Board of Elections, at least 17 races will feature either political party contests or a general election contest.

 

Montgomery County 
Montgomery County District 1 Legislator Martin Kelly, who is running for reelection unopposed in the Republican and Conservative parties primaries, will face Democrat Reynolds Jones in the November general election.

In District 3, Legislator Roy Dimond is running for reelection on the Democratic and Independence Party lines against challenger John Thayer, who is running on the Republican and Conservative party lines.

District 9 Legislator Robert Purtell is running for reelection on the Democratic, Conservative and Independence party lines, while challenger Brendan Beardsley is running solely on the Republican party line.

John R. Destefano and Ariel Santiago will square off in a Conservative Party primary for Montgomery County Coroner District 1. Neither submitted petitions to run in November as either a Republican or a Democrat.

 

City of Amsterdam 
In the city of Amsterdam, four out of five common council seats will feature contests between party-backed candidates.

First Ward Alderman Patrick Russo is running for reelection on both the Republican and Conservative party lines, while his challenger, Kenneth Mazur, is running on the Democratic, Independence and Working Families lines.

Second Ward Alderman Paul Ochal is running for reelection on the Republican Party line against challenger David Gomula, who is running on both the Democratic and Conservative party lines.

Third Ward Alderman Irene Collins is running for reelection as a Democrat and on the Conservative Party line. Her challenger, Kimberly VanWormer, is running on the Republican Party line. Art Iannuzzi, who was appointed interim Third Ward Alderman in July and served until November, did not file a petition and has announced he will not seek to run as an independent.

Fourth Ward Alderman David Dybas will seek reelection on the Democratic Party line. He will face challenger Stephen Gomula, who is running on the Republican and Conservative party lines. He and David Gomula, the latter of whom is running in the second ward race, are not related.

Amsterdam Mayor Michael Villa, who is running for reelection on both the Republican and Conservative Party lines, will face challenger Michael Cinquanti in an Independence Party primary in June. Cinquanti is already running on both the Democratic and Working Families party lines.

 

Towns
Two board seats up are for election in the town of Glen. Incumbent Ronald Crewell filed a petition to run in the Republican Party primary, where he is unopposed.

While Incumbent Russel Kelly did not file a party petition, he announced he will seek to run as an independent. The petition process for independents starts on April 16 and runs through May 28.

In the town of Palatine, Bill MacLauchin will seek reelection as town supervisor on the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines. He will face  challenger and current Town Board member Christopher Novak in the Republican Party primary in June.

There are two town board seats up for election and three candidates running in the party primaries in June to fill those slots. One of the empty seats is currently held by Novak who is running for supervisor.

Incumbent Henry Vandenburgh is running for reelection in the Democratic Party primary against Paul Spencer.

Challengers Deborah Carey and Janey Dygert are running against each other in the Conservative, Independence and Republican party primaries.

Two town board seats are up for election in the town of Root. Incumbent John Van Kersen is running for reelection in the Republican Party primary, where he will face three challengers Donald Bramer, Eyn Fessenden and Peter Rebokis.

Paul Toleno is running for Root Town Board in the Democratic Party primary.

In the Town of St. Johnsville, Town Supervisor Dominick Stagliano will seek reelection on the Democratic and Conservative party lines while challenger Marcel Falcon will be running on the Independence Party line.

Newcomers Maynard Baker and William Putnam will square off in the Republican Party primary for town Highway Superintendent.

Town of St. Johnsville voters will also choose two town board members. Incumbents Timothy Smith and Ronald Hezel are running for reelection, Smith in the Democratic Party primary, and Hezel in the Republican party primary. Challenger George Haines is running in the Democratic Party primary, but since there are two open seats all three candidates will appear on the November ballot.

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