LOWVILLE Five candidates, including one running for Lewis County judge, last week filed independent nominating petitions within the county Board of Elections.
Kevin M. McArdle, court attorney for state Supreme Court Judge Charles C. Merrell, has secured both Democratic and independent lines for the November general election.
His opponent, Daniel R. King, a former county public defender who operates a private practice in Lowville, will appear on the Republican line.
Mr. McArdle and Mr. King also have filed Independence and Conservative party petitions, setting up countywide Sept. 13 primaries for voters in those two minor parties.
The Lewis County judgeship, which also covers family and surrogate courts, has been vacant since Jan. 1, when Judge Merrell moved up to state Supreme Court.
Independent candidates also entered two town and two village races in Lewis County.
In the town of Lyonsdale, John Smith will run to fill an unexpired council term. In the general election, he will face either Kathleen OBrien, a past town clerk who was appointed to fill a council seat this year, or fellow Republican Joan Goodfellow, depending upon which one wins a GOP primary.
In the town of Harrisburg, Theodore T. Nevills will run unopposed for an unexpired council term.
Also, Constableville Trustee Cortney Markham and Port Leyden Trustee Peter Kraeger both will run unopposed for re-election as independent candidates.
Constableville Trustee Robert Greene and Port Leyden Trustee Peter D. Smith previously secured Republican lines in their unopposed re-election bids.