Sept. 13 primary to determine key political races in Southtowns area
This year, the primary elections will be held on a Thursday, Sept. 13, due to the observance of the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks falling on a Tuesday this year.
This year’s primary elections include:
Four candidates will seek the Republican nod in the 147th District State Assembly race.
David P. Mariacher, David J. DiPietro, Daniel J. Humiston and Christopher Lane will battle it out in a four-way race for the GOP slot in the November general election. One name who is absent is incumbent Kevin Smardz, who opted not to seek reelection earlier this year for personal reasons.
There will also be a primary for the Independence line as Christina M. Abt, who is also the Democratic and Working Families candidate, is seeking to hold off a challenge from Humiston with the winner to hold the Independence party line in November.
Three candidates, including incumbent Sean M. Ryan, are seeking to win the Democratic primary in the State Assembly 149th District race. He will be challenged by Kevin P. Gaughan and Joseph A. Mascia.
In the State Senate’s 60th District race, four of the five parties will be holding primaries.
Incumbent Mark J. Grisanti will seek the Republican nod in a primary against challenger Kevin T. Stocker.
Grisanti is also seeking to carry the Independence party line in November, as he looks to hold off challenges from Marie C. Clark and Brian J. Siklinski in that race.
Three candidates, including endorsed candidate Michael L. Amodeo, will look to carry the Democratic line in November. He will be challenged by Charles M. Swanick – who will be the Conservative party candidate in November – as well as Alfred T. Coppola.
Also, in the Working Families race, although Gregory L. Davis’ name will be the only candidate to appear on the ballot, registered Working Families voters will have an opportunity to ballot, (or write in a candidates name), in that race.
In the race for Erie County Comptroller, Stefan Mychajliw, the Republican and Conservative candidate in November’s general election, will also seek to carry the Independence party line as he looks to hold off a challenge from Megan M. Lavin.
The winner will challenge Democratic and Working Families candidate David J. Shenk in the November general election. Shenk was appointed to fill the first year of the seat formerly held by Mark Poloncarz, who was elected to the position of Erie County Executive last November.