Nine Legislature candidates have no opponents

More than a third of Orange County’s 21-member Legislature will skate to reelection in November without opposition.

Eight incumbents and one newcomer who filed petitions to run for Legislature by Thursday’s deadline had no rivals for those seats and will run uncontested on Nov. 7. The incumbents included five Republicans (Barry Cheney, Tom Faggione, Leigh Benton, Mike Anagnostakis and Jim O’Donnell), two Democrats (Jim Kulisek and Mike Paduch) and one Independence Party member (Michael Amo). Joel Sierra, the Democrat running to succeed retiring Democrat Jeff Berkman, also has no opponent.

All 21 seats are up for election in November. The terms are four years.

Five legislators (Republican Melissa Bonacic and Democrats Curlie Dillard, Matt Turnbull, Chris Eachus and Berkman) aren’t seeking reelection. Five candidates – four Democrats and a Republican – filed petitions to run for Dillard’s seat in Newburgh, forming the largest field of candidates among the 12 contested races.

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