PLATTSBURGH — It appears that there will be two major-party primaries in races for City of Plattsburgh Common Council seats this year.
More primaries could also emerge soon on third-party lines.
According to preliminary ballots from the Clinton County Board of Elections, primaries will be held in the Democratic Party races in Ward 1 and Ward 3 on Sept. 10.
In Ward 1, incumbent Timothy Carpenter is challenged by Rachelle Armstrong, and in Ward 3, Kathryn McLeery will run against Justin Meyer.
Armstrong was chosen by the party to be the endorsed candidate in Ward 1 at a May caucus in a surprise vote over Carpenter, who has been in office since 2008.
“I believe the voters should be the ones who choose the candidate, not a small group who has an agenda,” Carpenter said in reasoning why he will run in a primary.
Carpenter said he believes the city has been headed in the right direction since he has been on the council.
“I want to continue with that, and this is a very important election,” he said.
“A lot can happen.”
Armstrong said she welcomes the primary.
“I think it is indicative of a healthy democratic environment,” she said.
Armstrong said the caucus selection followed all the party bylaws and procedures, and the party members spoke. She also said she found it interesting that Carpenter did not have a problem with the format when he got the endorsement in 2007 and 2010.
“We had a very good turnout at the caucus, I think, because a lot of people were not satisfied,” she said.
“But I respect his desire to get on the ballot and hear from the voters.”
The winner of the Democratic primary in Ward 1 is slated to face Republican William Ferris.
Meyer, a Plattsburgh attorney, is the party’s endorsed candidate in Ward 3.