Election Day 2012, Voters to Decide Federal, State, Local Races
It’s decision day 2012, voters will head to the polls today to select the next President, but they also have some choices to make in local races.
Here in Cortland County voters must select their next District Attorney, Democratic incumbent D-A Mark Suben is looking for another four-year term, Suben faces a challenge from Republican Keith Dayton. Dayton previously served as the County’s Public Defender for 12 years. Both men say they fight to keep the community safe and say their experience will serve them well as they work to address a recent increase in serious crimes.
Voters county wide are also asked to consider reducing the size of the County Legislature, proposition one would cut the Cortland County Legislature from 19 to 17 seats by eliminating one seat in Cortland and another in Homer.
Voters in the Town of Preble have a town council race, Democrat Kathleen Randall and Republican Linda Riehlman are challenging each other to fill a one year vacancy on the Preble town board.
Voters in the Town of Willet are asked to consider a proposition that would increase the Town Highway Superintendent and Town Clerks terms of office from two years to four years.
In Dryden voters have a town justice race to consider, Democratic incumbent Joseph Valentinelli is running for another term, he has served as Town Justice for fourteen years. Valentinelli faces a challenge from Freeville business owner Sidney Knuppenburg who is running as an independent candidate.
At the state level voters in Cortland, Tompkins, and portions of Cayuga County must decide if they want Republican incumbent State Senator Jim Seward to continue representing them or go with Democratic Challenger Howard Leib. Seward is seeking his 14th two year term, Leib and attorney form Dryden has never held public office before.
The newly reformed 22nd Congressional District seat is also up for grabs today, Republican Congressman Richard Hanna is completing his first two year term and is seeking another two years, Freeville Democrat and former Congressional aide Dan Lamb is challenging Hanna for the seat.
Democratic U-S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is running for re-election, she faces a challenge from Republican Wendy Long and several third party candidates; Libertarian Chris Edes, Green Party candidate Colida Clark, and John Mangelli of the Common Sense Party.