Primary voting will take place on Thursday this year, a change from a voting day typically set on Tuesday in order to honor the anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy.
Chautauqua County has several contested primary races. For County Court Judge, the Conservative and Independence parties have John T. Ward Jr. and William F. Coughlin competing. In the 150th Assembly District, Rudy Mueller is facing Andrew Goodell for the Independence Party line. The district includes most of Chautauqua County with the exception of some eastern townships.
In the Town of Charlotte, a vacancy opened for Highway Supervisor after Lewis Nickerson resigned in June. Two candidates on the Republican ticket, Michael A. Livermore is challenging Mark G. LeBaron for the seat.
Cattaraugus County is hosting a contested primary for Perrysburg Town Justice. Constance M. Johnson and Lori A. Dankert face off on the Republican, Conservative and Independence tickets.
In Erie County, the 147th district has two contested races on the Republican and Independence tickets. Republicans David P. Mariacher, David J. DiPietro, Daniel J. Humiston and Christopher Lane square off. DiPietro is also representing the Conservative Party. Daniel Humiston is vying for the Independence ticket against Christina M. Abt, who is also running on the Democratic and Working Families lines. The 140th district spans northern portions of Cattaraugus County, the towns of Evans, Eden, Brant, Collins and North Collins and extends east through Wyoming County.
State Senate District 60, which consists of the northernmost portion of Chautauqua County, the towns of Brant, Evans, Hamburg, Orchard Park, Grand Island and Tonawanda, along with the city of Tonawanda and part of the City of Buffalo along the riverfront, has contested slots across all parties. Four are competing on the Democratic platform: Michael L. Amodeo, Alfred T. Coppola and Charles M. Swanick, who is also running on the Conservative ticket. On the Republican line, Kevin T. Stocker will face off against Mark J. Grisanti, who is also running against Marie C. Clark and Brian J. Siklinski on the Independence ticket. On its ballot line, the Working Families party has Gregory L. Davis and an Opportunity to Ballot, which is an opening for write-in candidates.
In Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, primary voting begins at noon, while in Erie County voting begins at 6 a.m. Polls close at 9 p.m. in all three counties.
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