Candidates push through final week of campaign

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

YATES COUNTY — A season of vigorous campaigning comes to a close next Tuesday when voters around Yates County cast their ballots in a number of local races.

Some of the last-minute campaigning comes from a new District III Yates County Legislature candidate. Milo resident Leslie Church (R) was chosen to fill the ballot spot vacated when Robert Nielsen died Oct. 23. (see related story).

One of the most visible campaigns has been the Yates County District Attorney race between Republican Jason Cook and Independent candidate Ed Brockman.

Cook soundly defeated Brockman in the Republican Primary, but Brockman and his supporters have been campaigning hard since then for the candidate who will be listed on the Common Sense Justice line.

Cook will also be listed on the Conservative line and Justice line.

Both candidates will continue their all-out effort to win the hearts of the voters this week.

A group of Republican, Democrat and Independent candidates who have banded together under a common ideology spelled out in their name — Candidates Against Spending and Taxation (C.A.S.T.) —have been campaigning hard to unseat some of the 14 incumbent Yates County Legislators.

But there are other races as well - from the seventh judicial district and town levels. There are no statewide elections in Yates County.

Here is what voters will see when they walk into the polling place on Nov. 3:

Supreme Court Justice: Penn Yan native Kenneth Fisher (R,C,I), a 1970 graduate of Penn Yan Academy, is seeking re-election to his seat on the Seventh District Court. The Seventh Judicial District includes Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates Counties.

Candidates running uncontested races at the county level are Bonnie Percy (R), Yates County Treasurer and John H. Cooley Sr., (D), Yates County Coroner.

Information about specific candidates in the county legislature races and races in Italy, Jerusalem and Milo can be found here.

Other races in area towns include:

Barrington: Frederick G. Wright (R) is running unopposed for supervisor, a post being vacated by Democrat Eileen Farnan, who opted to not seek re-election. Wright has been a town board member.

Town Board: Bruce Castner (R), Nathaniel Olney (R) and Steven Wright (C) are seeking election to two seats on the town council. Olney is an incumbent, but Castner and Wright are newcomers.

Italy: Jeffrey Hicks (R) and Daniel Schenck (Helping Hands) are both running for the highway superintendent post.

Middlesex: Three men are running for three seats on the town council. Allan Button (R) and Peter Gerbic (I) are running for the two seats with two year terms. Daniel Paddock (R) is running for a one year term. Thomas R. Reifsteck (R, I) and William Rought (I) are running for highway superintendent.

Potter: Kris Christensen (D, I) and Arthur Parsons (R) are running for the highway superintendent seat.

There are several uncontested races around the county.

In Milo, voters will consider a proposition to increase the supervisor’s term of office from two years to four years beginning with the term beginning January 1, 2012.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3.