CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY – Today is Primary Day across New York State. Polls open from noon to 9 p.m. for voters; many of whom are registered Republicans looking to check the box of their choice for State Senate.
The largest race is between Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello (R) and Allegany County Board of Legislators Chairman Curtis Crandall (R) for New York State’s 57th Senate seat Republican nomination.
The two are partaking in a special election to fill the seat vacated by former New York State Senate Cathy Young, who took a job in the private sector earlier this year.
New York’s 57th State Senate District consists of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany Counties and seven towns in Livingston County.
Another big race of the day is between Jamestown City Councilman At-Large Andrew Liuzzo (R) and Chautauqua County Legislator Dave Wilfong (R), who are vying for the City of Jamestown Mayoral Republican nomination.
Longtime City Ward II Councilman Tony Dolce (R) is aiming to fend off challenger Raven Mason-Thompson (R).
The final race to keep an eye on is between current Town of Carroll Supervisor Laura Smith (R) and challenger Russell Payne (R). Both are eyeing the Republican Party’s nomination for Town Supervisor.
New York State has a closed primary system, meaning only registered party members can vote only in their own party’s primary.
For example, registered Democrats can vote in Democrat primary elections and registered Republicans can only vote in Republican primary elections. Those registered as independent can not vote in New York State Primary Elections.