Six file independent petitions for town seats

Gwen Chamberlain

Yates County Election Commissioners have received a handful of independent petitions for local town offices that will be on the November ballot.

Some have already filed party petitions as well.

There were no independent petitions filed for Yates County offices. Independent petitions include:

Barrington Town Council: Steven Brigham and Thomas J. Petro III, both newcomers who have also filed Republican petitions. They, along with incumbent Calvin Crosby (R), are seeking election to two four-year terms on the town board. There will be a Republican primary in Barrington June 25. 

The two who receive the most votes will secure the Republican line on the ballot. But there will still be a three-way race in the general election because Brigham and Petro will both be listed as independent candidates on the November ballot.

Italy Town Council:Malcolm MacKenzie has filed an independent petition for one of two seats on the Italy Town Council. Two Republicans — Debra Cook and Benjamin Dempsey — have already filed petitions, so while there won’t be a primary, there will be a three-way race for the two seats in November. Richard Craig, who currently holds one of the seats, is seeking election to the Supervisor position currently held by Margaret Dunn.

Italy Town Justice:Timothy L. McLoud, the incumbent justice, has filed an independent petition. No other party or independent petitions have been filed, so he will be unchallenged in November.

Potter Town Justice:Incumbent Republican Justice Deborah Huff-Tober has filed an independent petition. She will be unchallenged in her bid for re-election in November.

Starkey Town Council: Political newcomer Caryl Sutterby has filed an independent petition for one of two available seats on the Starkey Town Council. Another political newcomer, Jeremy Hall (D), has filed a petition for the town council. The seats are currently held by Frederick Shoemaker and Jack Ossont.

June 25 Primaries

Republican voters in Benton and Jerusalem will decide which hopefuls secure the Republican line for various positions along with the primary in Barrington.

In Benton, Douglas Marchionda Jr., Jayson Hoover, and Brian Champlin are running for the Highway Supervisor position.

In Jerusalem, Incumbent Supervisor Patrick Killen is being challenged by Town Council member Jamie Sisson, while Paul Anderson, Daryl Jones, and Stephen Castner are running for two seats on the town council.