Open elected seats in Franklin, Essex counties

Candidates need to start petition process sooner

Election season for local offices will come early this year as election reforms passed by the state take effect, and Franklin and Essex counties both have a slew of positions to run for.

An election reform bill signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in January combines the federal primary election with the state and local primary elections, which were previously held in September. Now, all three primaries will be held in June, shifting up the dates state and local candidates must file petitions by.

Anyone looking to run for any of the open offices listed below as a major-party candidate must submit their petition signatures between April 1 and 4. Independent candidates must file petitions between May 21 and 28.

The signature requirement for major parties is 1,000 signatures or 5 percent of enrolled voters of the political party in the district, whichever is less.

For independent candidates, the number is 1,500 signatures or 5 percent of the total number of votes cast for the office of the governor in the last gubernatorial election in the district, excluding blank and void ballots.

Franklin County

Franklin County has all seven of its county legislator seats up for election, as well as a district attorney position.

Every town in the county has two council seats that will be voted on.

The towns of Bangor, Bellmont, Bombay, Brandon, Brighton, Burke, Chateaugay, Dickinson, Fort Covington, Franklin, Moria, Santa Clara and Waverly will all have votes on supervisors.

The villages of Malone and Tupper Lake will each vote on a mayor and two trustee positions.

Each of these towns — minus Santa Clara, adding Tupper Lake — will vote on a superintendent of highways.

Bangor, Bellmont, Bombay, Brandon, Brighton, Chateaugay, Dickinson, Fort Covington, Franklin, Santa Clara, Tupper Lake and Waverly will each hold an election for a town clerk.

Bangor, Bellmont, Bombay, Brandon, Brighton, Burke, Chateaugay, Dickinson, Fort Covington, Moria and Waverly will hold elections on tax collectors.

Bangor, Bellmont, Bombay, Brighton, Dickinson, Harrietstown, Malone, Tupper Lake and Waverly will hold elections on town justices.

Constable will hold an election for two assessor seats.

The village of Tupper Lake will hold an election for a village justice.

Essex County

Essex County only has one county position expiring this year, the county clerk.

The towns of Chesterfield, Crown Point, Elizabethtown, Essex, Lewis, Moriah, Newcomb, North Elba, North Hudson, Schroon, Ticonderoga, Westport, Willsboro and Wilmington will each hold an election for supervisors and two town council members. Jay, Keene, Minerva and St. Armand will also hold elections for two town council members each.

Elizabethtown will also hold an election for a third town councilperson. The term has not expired but is vacant.

Chesterfield, Crown Point, Elizabethtown, Essex, Moriah, Newcomb, North Elba, North Hudson, Schroon, Ticonderoga and Willsboro will hold elections for their superintendents of highways.

Chesterfield and North Hudson will hold elections for town clerks, as well as Crown Point, Essex, Moriah, North Elba, Schroon, Ticonderoga, Westport and Willsboro, which combine the clerk position with the tax collecting position. Chesterfield and North Hudson will elect tax collectors separately.

Crown Point, Essex, Jay, Keene, Minerva, Moriah and Ticonderoga will all hold elections for town justices.

Essex, Minerva, Moriah, Newcomb, North Hudson, Schroon and Wilmington will hold elections for two assessors each. Schroon will hold an election for a third assessor. The term has not expired but is vacant.

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