Roundup of who is running in Thursday's state primary election
Sep 07, 2018 12:23 pm
Debby Mayer in The Columbia Paper rounds up all the information about the Thu., Sept. 13 primary election in New York. Polls are open from noon to 9 p.m. Thursday, not Tuesday this year, because “they don’t like to hold an election on 9/11,” county Democratic Commissioner of Elections Virginia Martin said this week. “This has happened before,” she said. “A few years ago the primary was on September 13.” There are primary elections that day for the Democratic Party, and also the Green, Independence, Women’s Equality, and Reform parties. Voters have to be enrolled in those parties to cast a ballot, except for the Reform Party, which allows anyone registered in a minor party not recognized in the state, to vote the Reform line. Enrolled Republicans cannot vote the Reform line, but voters registered voters from the Liberal, Libertarian, or Right to Life Parties can. Democrats are running incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo (andrewcuomo.com) against actor and activist Cynthia Nixon (cynthiafornewyork.com). There is also a contest between incumbent Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul (kathyhochul.com) against Jumaane Williams (jumaanewilliams.com), who is in his third four-year term on the New York City Council. Four Democrats are running for attorney general: Sean Patrick Maloney (maloneyfornewyork.com), a Congress member from District 18 in the Hudson Valley; Letitia “Tish” James, (tishjames2018.com), who is currently serving her second term as Public Advocate for the City of New York; Leecia Eve (leeciaeve.com) a lawyer and vice president for government affairs for Verizon for NY, NJ and CT; and Zephyr Teachout (zephyrforny.com), a law professor and Constitutional expert. Locally two candidates are up for member of Assembly in the 107th District, Tistrya G. Houghtling (tistryaforassembly.com), town clerk of New Lebanon; and Don Boyajian (don2018.com), a municipal and environmental attorney from near Troy. Registered Green Party members have an Opportunity to Ballot (write in) for one candidate for Member of Assembly in the 107th Assembly District. On the Independence Party line only to registerd Independence Party members: William G. Truitt (truittforny.com), a member of the Dutchess County Legislature and business assistant at Bridge View Excavation, Inc. is challenging Didi Barrett (didibarrett.com), who seeks her fourth two-year term in the post. Independence voters can also write in two members of the party’s County Committee for Greenport District 2, and Edward F. Nabozny, former Greenport supervisor is running on the District 3 line. In the Women’s Equality Party Primary for member of Assembly in the 106th District Barrett is also on the ballot. The Reform Party primary includes three candidates for attorney general: Nancy B. Sliwa (Manhattan), Mike Diederich (Stony Point), and Christopher B. Garvey (Amityville). Debby Mayer in The Columbia Paper.