Aside from a high-profile state Assembly race, this year's Primary Day will be fairly quiet throughout the Tri-Lakes region.
Statewide primaries are normally on Tuesdays, but this one is being held Thursday since this Tuesday marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m.
Republican voters in New York's new 115th Assembly District - which includes all of Franklin and Clinton counties and four towns in St. Lawrence County - have three choices: incumbent Janet Duprey of Peru, Plattsburgh educator Karen Bisso and Cadyville businessman David Kimmel.
All three candidates urged voters to head to the polls regardless of whom they plan to vote for.
"As American citizens, we have the precious right to vote," Kimmel said. "The image of people with purple inked fingers, formerly the victims of tyranny, exercising their right to vote for the first time, is a powerful reminder that many fought to preserve that right for us, too."
Bisso and Duprey noted that in two previous Republican primaries this year - one to decide the party's presidential nominee, another to pick candidates for House and Senate races - only 5 percent of eligible voters went to the polls.
-Town Hall, 12 County Route 31, Paul Smiths
-Town Hall, 7 Cold Brook Road, Vermontville
-Town Hall, 30 Main St., Saranac Lake
-District 1: Town Hall, 30 Town Barn Road North, St. Regis Falls
-District 2: Town Hall, 5359 State Route 30, Saranac Inn
-Goff-Nelson Library, 41 Lake St., Tupper Lake
-District 1: Amos and Julia Ward Theater, 12 Parkside Road, Jay
-District 2: Community Center, 11 School St., AuSable Forks
"I anticipate the turnout for Thursday's primary will far exceed that percentage," Duprey said.
Bisso said the Assembly race has a more direct impact on people's lives.
"With the federal government so out of touch and unreachable, the health of our state is essential for our future," she said. "Please take 10 minutes to vote for the choice your party will present in the Nov. 6 election."
There is no primary in New York's new 114th Assembly District, which includes all of Essex and Warren counties and parts of Washington and Saratoga counties. Republican Dan Stec, supervisor of the town of Queensbury, and Glens Falls attorney Dennis Tarantino will face each other in the Nov. 6 general election.
There are two local government races in Essex County. In the town of Jay, Tina L. Preston and Jessie McDonald are vying for the Republican line in the race for tax collector. In Moriah, Richard J. Carpenter, Larry V. Wintle Jr. and Brandy M. Patnode-Michener are running for the GOP line in the race for town justice.
There are no local primaries in Franklin County.
Franklin County Board of Elections Republican Commissioner Veronica King noted that in Tupper Lake, polling sites for the primary have been consolidated and all voters must go to the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library.
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