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Cortland Democrats Have Primary Races to Decide Today

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It’s primary day in New York and locally voters have a handful of races to decide.

The polls are open from Noon to 9pm today.

The greatest number of primary races locally are in the City of Cortland, where three democratic city alderman face challenges from fellow democrats.

In the second ward incumbent alderman, Katy Silliman is seeking another term democrat and local business owner Tom Terwilliger is looking to unseat Silliman.

In the third ward incumbent, Ken Dye faces a challenge from former county legislator Gary Thomas.

In the seventh ward incumbent democrat, Linda Ferguson is running against democratic newcomer Kristen Dye.

In the second and third wards these are winner take all primaries, there are no general election races for theses seats. If Ferguson survives today’s race she will face republican Adam MeGivern in November.

Cortland County Democratic election commissioner Tom Brown says it’s not unusual to have multiple democratic primaries in Cortland.

In the County Legislature, there are two primaries. Democrat Derek Reynolds is looking to unseat incumbent Amy Cobb to represent the second district. In the 12th district, which covers a portion of Cortlandville and the Village of McGraw, Republican incumbent legislator Joe Steinhoff is running for reelection against local attorney Lisa Miller. Again the winner of these two races will not face a challenge in November.

Brown expects voter turnout to be lighter today because of the later than usual primary. The vote was moved due to the Rosh Hashanah holiday. Voters in the second ward have a new polling site, voting will take place at the Pump House at the Cortland Water Works.

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