ELIZABETHTOWN — This year, there are Republican primaries in only two towns in Essex County.
The biggest race is in Moriah, where three people want to be town justice to replace Jeff Farnsworth, who resigned.
The town’s other justice, Brian Venne, has been handling all cases for the last few months. Farnsworth stepped down because he accepted employment outside the area.
Seeking the Republican nod for town justice are Richard Carpenter Sr., Brandy Patnode-Michener and Larry Wintle Jr.
Carpenter is on the Moriah Town Council and will have to resign that post if elected justice.
The other Republican primary is for tax collector in Jay, where Tina Fenton and Jessie McDonald are running to replace June Taylor, who was killed in an automobile crash earlier this year.
The primary election is Thursday, Sept. 13. Polls are open from noon to 9 p.m.
Statewide, primaries are being held on a Thursday this year because the Tuesday that week is Sept. 11, the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which was also a primary day.
This is an off year for local elections in Essex County. The only other local office up in the county this year is in Chesterfield, where incumbent Republican David Bashaw is running unopposed for town justice in the Nov. 6 general election.
The 114th Assembly District seat held by Teresa Sayward (R-Willsboro) is open due to her retirement, and Republican Dan Stec of Queensbury will face off against Democrat Dennis Tarantino of Glens Falls in the general election.
The new 114th Assembly District includes all of Warren and Essex counties, as well as northern Washington and northern Saratoga counties.
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