County Republicans to be busy on primary day Sept. 14; Dems only choosing one
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 2:36 pm

Republicans in St. Lawrence County have several primary contests coming up Sept. 14, while Democrats are only choosing a candidate in the state’s 47th Senate District on Primary Day.

Democrats have two candidates to choose from in the race to unseat Sen. Joe Griffo. Maria Pavelock of Clinton is in the running along with Oneida County Legislator Michael J. Hennessy.

On the Republican side, two men are running for the Republican ballot line against Democrat Rep. Bill Owens, who won a special election to fill the seat vacated by former Rep. John McHugh when he assumed the Cabinet job of heading the Department of the Army.

Conservatives’ favorite Douglas L. Hoffman of Lake Placid, who placed second behind Owens and ahead of Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava in the three-way special election, faces Watertown investor Matthew L. Doheney for the Republican line in the November contest for the 23rd Congressional District seat.

The county treasurer’s position is up for grabs with the retirement of longtime treasurer Bob McNeil. Two Republicans, Canton Town Supervisor David Button and current Deputy Treasurer Kevin Felt, are vying for the nomination.

In the county Board of Legislators races, three districts have two each from the GOP looking for the party’s line in November.

In District 8, Town of Madrid and parts of Potsdam and Canton, where Democrat Tedra Cobb is not running again, recent high school graduate Matthew J. Flynn II is facing Kevin Acres.

In District 7, representing the towns of Parishville, Hopkinton, Pierrepont, Colton, Clare and Piercefield, Lucien Plante and Scott Sutherland will square off for the GOP nomination.

In District 15, Waddington and Louisville, Kevin Peretta and Jonathan Putney each vies for the nomination.

The Ogdensburg City Judge contest has two Republicans running, Mary E. Rain and William R. Small.