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July 22, 2013

City races to feature two primaries

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PLATTSBURGH —

McLeery, as did Carpenter, submitted petitions with the required number of signatures by the July 11 deadline to force the primary.

McLeery ran for mayor in 2010 against incumbent Donald Kasprzak and lost overwhelmingly.

Meyer said he believes he is the best qualified candidate in the primary race.

“I look forward to the opportunity to speak to Democratic voters in Ward 3, and to all voters, to make my positions on the issues clear,” Meyer said, “and I fully expect that when the primary is over, voters will have a clear choice.”

‘WASTED MONEY’

McLeery said she believes city government should be operating better.

“I am on a fixed income, and I am angry to see money wasted, she said.

“I have been active politically for decades, and I am angry watching while New York state laws are ignored,” she wrote in an email to the Press-Republican.

“I can save us money and, I can make our lives better at the same time, and this is why I am running for City Council.”

The winner is slated to face face Republican Dale Dowdle.

OPEN RACE

Primaries could also emerge on the Independence and Conservative Party lines.

Candidates had until the end of business last Thursday to file petitions to open up primaries for those parties.

Board of Elections Commissioner Susan Castine explained that any candidate can force a primary for the Independence or Conservative party by submitting the required number of signatures that are notarized by a member of the party.

The candidate cannot get signatures that their opponent already has secured, and they must have authorization from the party to get signatures.

If the challenge is successful, the primary then becomes an open race where voters of that party can write in any name they want.

“It is confusing,” Castine said.

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