Three county Legislature races have primaries in September

Newcomer candidates competing in three of this year’s 12 contested Orange County Legislature races will square off in primaries on Sept. 12.

All three races are ones in which the current office holders aren’t seeking reeelection.

In District 2, a seat that Republican Majority Leader Melissa Bonacic is vacating, Brian Carey and Janet Sutherland will compete for the Republican and Independence Party nominations. They’ll also vie for the Conservative Party ballot line in a third primary that day, thanks to an “opportunity-to-ballot” petition that was filed to challenge Sutherland for that line. That forced a primary in which Conservative Party voters can write in Carey’s or anyone else’s name – or vote for Sutherland, whose name will be on the ballot.

District 2 consists of Greenville and parts of Mount Hope, Wawayanda, Middletown and the Town of Wallkill. No Democrat is running for that seat this year, although Ken Pinkela, whose Democratic and Women’s Equality Party petitions were invalidated, has filed an independent petition to run on the “We the People” ballot line.

In District 4, which consists of parts of the City and Town of Newburgh and is now represented by Democrat Curlie Dillard, Kevindaryan Lujan and Omari Shakur will compete for the Democratic nomination.

In District 11, the seat that Democratic Minority Leader Matt Turnbull is vacating, Scott Congiusti and Kathy Stegenga will compete for the Conservative Party line. There also be a write-in primary for the Green Party line. District 11 consists of Hamptonburgh and parts of New Windsor and Blooming Grove.

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