Here's your chance to run for election

Loujane Johns

While the November 2008 General Election is a big one on the federal level, there are just a handful of local offices up for grabs this fall.

And if you live in the Towns of Italy, Middlesex or Torrey, you can still get on the ballot for available seats on  town boards. 

Independent petitions can be filed through Aug. 19, according to the Yates County Election Board.

Party petitions have already been filed by:

• Charles Kreuzer, a Republican incumbent in the Town of Italy, 

• Allen J. Button, a Republican, for a vacancy on the Middlesex Town Council,

• John R. Ghidiu, a Democrat, for a vacancy on the Town of Torrey Council. 

Two Independent petitions have been picked up for the Torrey position, but have not yet been returned, according to the Yates County Board of Elections.

Yates County Judge W. Patrick Falvey is seeking re-election in November. He has been endorsed by all parties for the 10-year term.

Theron L. Smith, of Himrod, is seeking re-election to the position of Yates County Coroner.

Congressman John R. Kuhl of Hammondsport, a Republican, is seeking re-election to his seat in the House of Representatives. He is again being challenged by Democrat Eric Massa of Corning.

On June 26, New York Sen. George Winner, Republican from Elmira, announced his bid for re-election for a third consecutive term representing the 53rd Senate District. He is being opposed by second-term Elmira Mayor John Tonello.

The New York Assembly Seat currently held by Republican James Bacalles, is also up for election in November.