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LOWVILLE — Twenty-nine Lewis County residents have filed independent nominating petitions, including three legislative candidates seeking an extra line on the November general election ballot.

In District 5, Democrat Richard A. Chartrand has filed paperwork with the county Board of Elections to additionally hold an independent line, using the party name of “People’s Choice Party.”

Mr. Chartrand is facing off against Thomas E. Jaconski, who is running on Republican, Independence and Conservative party lines.

And, in District 7, Jeffrey F. Beyer — under the “One-And-Done” party — and Gregory M. Kulzer — under the “Voice of the People” party — will also have independent lines, ensuring that all three candidates in that race will appear on the November ballot. The pair on Sept. 10 will face off with fellow Republican C. Lee Hinkleman in a three-way primary for the GOP line.

Mr. Beyer has already secured the Democratic line, while Mr. Hinkleman holds the Conservative party line.

Although Osceola is the second least populous town in Lewis County, it boasts the most town candidates to file independent petitions with nine.

Virginia “Ginny” Churchill has decided to run against Democratic Tax Collector Andrew Burns as an independent.

Republican Highway Superintendent Michael J. Wilk and challengers Kevin Searles and Richard N. Meagher all filed independent petitions to ensure spots on the general election ballot, no matter who wins the three-way GOP primary, as did Republican Clerk Helen Hall and GOP challenger Julie Painter, a past supervisor.

Three Republicans — Amanda Sterling, Arlene Mosch and Vickie Carpinelli — who will face off in a primary for two council seats also filed independent petitions; Democratic Councilwoman Colleen Burns is also running for re-election. And Republicans JoAnne A. Conklin and Timothy J. Davis Sr., also involved in a GOP primary to fill a council vacancy, will both have independent lines, as well.

In New Bremen, Steven LaChausse will run on an independent line for highway superintendent against Democrat Jonathan M. Bush, who also secured an independent line.

A pair of council candidates — Republican Joseph E. Aucter and Democrat Donald W. Getman — also added independent lines; they will be involved in a three-way race for two spots with Republican Councilman David L. Becker. And Democrat Valerie J. Getman added an independent line in her bid to unseat Republican Justice Charles W. Stevens.

In Diana, Matt LaParr will run as an independent for council, joining Republican Councilman Joseph C. “Chuck” Langs in seeking a pair of open seats.

In Greig, Donald F. Mallette is also making an independent bid for council, joining Councilman William Knapp in a race for two slots. And Republican Jennifer Fox ensured that she will be on the November ballot for clerk/collector, even if she is defeated in a GOP primary by Councilman Thomas P. Gunn.

In Lewis, Councilman Karl Rauscher will run as an independent with fellow Councilman Ian Klingbail for re-election.

In Martinsburg, Republican council candidates E. Frank Kogut and Jared J. Thisse additionally filed independent petitions; they will compete in a three-way Republican primary for two spots with incumbent Michael J. McGrath.

In Watson, Justin Hall will challenge Republican Councilmen Jeffrey F. Hoch and Ronald Pominville as an independent.

And Leyden Tax Collector Kim Hrim, Lyonsdale Clerk Louise A. Gozalkowski and Turin Clerk/Tax Collector Melinda Widrick Maciejko will all run unopposed for re-election solely as independents.

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