The local election season is continuing to take shape; yesterday was the deadline to file major party petitions.
Cortland County’s legislature has been reduced by two seats dropping from 19 to 17, as a result the legislative districts are changing slightly spurring new candidates run, in addition some longtime representatives are not seeking reelection.
In the County Legislature there is a couple of democratic primaries, incumbent democrats Amy Cobb and Don Spaulding are in a winner take all primary to see who will represent the newly redrawn second legislative district.
Democrat Tony Pace is in a winner take all primary with former County Social Services Director Mary Ann Discenza in the 6th legislative district.
Republican Luke Snyder of Cortland will run in the 5th Legislative District where incumbent Republican John Natoli is not seeking reelection, Democratic new comer Raylnn Knolls will run in the newly drawn 7th Legislative district.
Republican Legislative Chair Mike Park will face a challenge in the redrawn 9th district from democratic candidate Allan Gandelman.
In the 12th district which covers McGraw longtime Republican Danny Ross is not seeking reelection, Democrat Richard Nauseef will challenge Republican Joseph Steinhoff Jr.
In the 15th district longtime Republican Larry Cornell is not seeking reelection; Republican George Wagner is running to replace him.
In the 16th District which covers Truxton, Solon, and Cuyler there is a three way race to replace Democrat Kathy Arnold who is not seeking reelection. Democrat Allison King is running along with Republican James Denkenberger, and Independence candidate Richard Palmer.
In the 17th district covering Taylor, Cincinnatus, and Willet Republican Dave Fuller will not seek reelection, Republican Charles Sudbrink and democrat Joanne Brown will square off.
In the City of Cortland's 5th ward, longtime Republican City Councilman Dan Quail is not seeking reelection. Republican Clifton Dutcher is running against Democrat Larry Carr to replace him.
In the towns of Cortlandville and Homer there are primary races for Town Justice position, Republicans Harold Peacock and Bill Foley are vying to replace Homer Judge Gary Schiffer who is not seeking reelection. In Cortlandville Republicans Karen Howe and David Alexander are running to fill a recently created Judges seat.
In the City of Cortland there is a three way democratic primary to replace retiring City Judge Tom Meldrim. Elizabeth Burns, Mike Schaffer, and Ron Walsh have all announced their candidacies.