Cortland County Dems endorse Harbin for assembly

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The Cortland County Democratic Committee yesterday endorsed legislator Beau Harbin in the race to succeed District 125 Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, who’s set to retire at the end of the year after nine terms in office.

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“Beau Harbin is an outstanding member of our Committee, helping to elect other Democrats, teaching candidates in our campaign school, and bringing insight and talent to advance the Democratic Party agenda through his seat on the County Legislature, and as that body’s Minority Leader,” said Committee chair Tim Perfetti

Harbin’s one of three from Cortland in a crowd of eight total candidates – seven of whom are Democrats competing for the party nod during next month’s primary elections.

The winner will then move on to likely face the lone Libertarian candidate in November.

“I am honored and humbled to have the support of the Cortland County Democratic Committee,” Harbin said. “I am ready to help lead our district in Albany and ensure the voices of all our residents are heard.”

See who’s running each race below:

A.D. 125


  • Beau Harbin (Cortland)
  • Lisa Hoeschele (Cortland)
  • Jordan Lesser (Tompkins)
  • Sujata Sidhu Gibson (Tompkins)
  • Jason Leiffer (Tompkins)
  • Seth Murtagh (Tompkins)
  • Anna Kelles (Tompkins)


  • Matthew McIntyre (Cortland)

Assembly District 126 is also up for grabs, with Republican Gary Finch set to retire following his tenth term.

That race is much less occupied with just two Republican candidates and one Democrat.


  • Daniel Fitzpatrick
  • John Lemondes Jr.


  • Dia Carabajal

Area voters will also need to decide a replacement for James Seward in the 51st State Senate District.

He was first elected more than 30 years ago in 1987 and will retire at the end of the year to focus on his health.

The three candidates vying to succeed Seward include one Democrat, one Republican and one Libertarian.

  • James Barber (DEM)
  • Peter Oberacker (REP)
  • Timothy O’Connor (LIB)

Finally, Republicans in the area will decide a primary election between former Rep. Claudia Tenney and challenger George Phillips, with the winner moving on to try and unseat District 22 Congressman Anthony Brindisi.

Primaries are now about a month away, set for June 23 with nine days of early voting.

Select poll sites will be open and residents can also vote by absentee ballot, with more information on places to vote locally in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned with WXHC News for updates along the way.

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