New candidate will be named by Republicans this weekend

Gwen Chamberlain

This morning's death of Yates County Legislator Robert Nielsen, 75, means the Yates County Republican Committee will appoint a new candidate to appear on the Republican Line of the Nov. 3 ballot.

Nielsen, an incumbent, along with incumbent Daniel Banach and challengers Patrick Galvin and Mark Morris had won a spot on the Republican line of the ballot for the four Yates County Legislature District III seats in the September Republican primary. Galvin received the most votes in the primary, followed by Morris, then Banach and Nielsen.

Incumbent Nancy Taylor was defeated in the primary. She had not filed independent petitions, so her name is not on the ballot. The other candidate whose name will appear on the ballot for the District III race is Deb Flood, an incumbent Democrat.

District III includes all of the town of Milo except the Himrod area, or voting district 4.

Yates County Republican Party Chairman Robert Schwarting says he expects the party will likely make a decision on a new candidate over the weekend.

Board of Elections commissioner Robert Brechko (D), says ballots will be reprinted, and absentee ballots for that district will be redistributed.

Technicians are also prepared to re-program the new scanning voting machines, he says.

Nielsen, who had been ill with cancer, died at Keuka Comfort Care Home Friday, Oct. 23.

Information about the new candidate will be posted as soon as it is available, and will be included in the Oct. 28 print edition of The Chronicle-Express.

Nielsen's obituary can be found here.