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Four primaries set in September for state and local races

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WATERTOWN — There will be four primaries this September in state and local races.

John S. Humphrey, Brownville, and John L. Byrne, Cape Vincent, will run against each other for the Republican line in the race to replace Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, D-Theresa, in the 116th Assembly District seat. Mr. Byrne also will face Russell J. Finley, Lisbon, on the Conservative line.

Mr. Byrne turned in 1,208 Republican, 138 Conservative and 274 Independence Party signatures.

Mr. Humphrey turned in 74 pages of Republican signatures and Mr. Finley turned in eight pages of Conservative Party signatures. They did not immediately return calls Friday afternoon.

Mrs. Russell turned in 1,197 Democratic signatures and 39 Working Families Party signatures.

Assemblyman Kenneth D. Blankenbush submitted Republican, Conservative and Independence Party signatures to get his name on the ballot in the 117th Assembly District. He is not facing opposition.

According to state election law, for the Republican or Democratic Party line for the Assembly, 500 signatures are required. For other parties, petitions must be signed by 5 percent of the active enrolled voters in the district.

Democrats Paul W. Trudeau, the Jefferson County undersheriff, and Colleen M. O’Neill, a retired state police senior investigator, will face each other in the primary race for Jefferson County sheriff.

The winner will go up against Republican John R. Bocciolatt, a Watertown native and a retired detective sergeant with the Portland, Ore., Police Bureau.

Mr. Bocciolatt submitted 1,456 signatures from members of the Republican Party in the county, 209 signatures from members of the Independence Party and 86 signatures from members of the Conservative Party.

To be listed on the ballot, 1,000 Republican signatures are required, 41 Conservative Party signatures are required and 158 Independence Party signatures are required, according to the Jefferson County Board of Elections.

Mr. Trudeau said Wednesday that he submitted 1,275 Democratic signatures but was waiting for additional petitions to be returned.

Ms. O’Neill submitted 1,426 Democratic signatures, 176 Independence Party signatures and 19 Working Families Party signatures.

A total of 795 Democratic and 11 Working Families Party signatures are required to gain access to the ballot.

There also will be a primary in the race for Jefferson County Family Court judge.

Kathy L. Quencer, an attorney and town of Brownville justice, announced Thursday that she turned in 2,598 Republican signature petitions in her effort to get on the ballot as a Republican candidate for the seat.

She will face Eugene J. Langone Jr. of Watertown in the primary election. A third Republican seeking the seat, Timothy L. Virkler, withdrew from the race in mid-June.

Mr. Langone said Friday he turned in 1,909 Republican signatures, 292 Independence Party signatures, 87 Conservative signatures and seven Green Party signatures.

The winner of the primary will face Democrat Susan A. Sovie of Sackets Harbor.

State Sens. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome, and Elizabeth O’C. “Betty” Little, R-Queensbury, are also running for re-election this year, although they are not facing opposition.

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