Sheriff Gerace to face Quattrone in Sept. 13 Conservative primary

MAYVILLE — Democratic County Sheriff Joseph Gerace and Republican challenger Jim Quattrone, both of Lakewood, will be facing off in a Sept. 13 Conservative Party Primary that will determine which candidate will be the nominee for that party in the Nov. 6 General Election for Sheriff. On July 18, the County Conservative Party filed an authorization with the Board of Elections for the Primary face-off signed by Party Chair Anna Wilcox and her grandson Party Secretary Aaron Wilcox. Both Gerace and Quattrone filed enough signatures to allow for the Conservative Primary.

The marquee race in September will be incumbent Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who is being challenged by actress Cynthia Nixon. Two Western New York candidates on the ballot are Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, who is being challenged by Jumaane Williams of New York City and for Attorney General, Leecia Eve, the daughter of retired Assemblyman Arthur Eve of Buffalo, and she is in an open primary against non-western New York rooted candidates Letitia James, Zephyr Teachout and Sean Patrick Mahoney. Green is endorsing Cuomo, Hochul and Eve in the Primary. State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, who will be speaking at the Chautauqua County Democratic Committee “Salute to American Labor” Breakfast on Sept. 22 in Jamestown has no Primary opponent.

Democratic candidates Tom DeJoe and Michelle Patterson will be in a vote for two open seats in an Independence Primary line face off against Republican Daniel Thompson for Portland Town Justice.

Democrat John Hamels will be facing off against Republican Larry Freligh in Conservative and Independence Party Primaries for Ripley Town Justice.

In an unusual twist, the Republicans are in-fighting for Busti Republican County Committee Election District 3. Lakewood Village Trustee Doug Schutte is challenging Town Chair & fellow Lakewood Village Trustee Randall Holcomb and former Village Trustee Sue Drago for membership on the Lakewood-Busti Republican Committee.

There will also be a statewide Reform Party Primary for Attorney General that will feature four no-name candidates and the winner will not draw a major party line in November. Also, Tracy Mitrano of Penn Yan was previously chosen in a five way federal primary to be the Democratic candidate to face off against Republican incumbent Tom Reed. All Primary winners will move on to the November General Election.