Multiple Democratic candidates have filed petitions for the party's ballot line for Auburn City Court judge and a Cayuga County Legislature seat.
Following Thursday's deadline for filing petitions seeking a party line on the ballot, the Cayuga County Board of Elections posted a list of candidates for local races.
In the race for city court to replace retiring Judge Michael McKeon, Associated City Court Judge David Thurston filed petitions to be on the Democratic and Working Families party lines. Thurston was endorsed in the spring by the Cayuga County Democratic Committee, but another Democrat, attorney Steven Buschman, a senior partner at WHMB P.C. in Auburn, has filed Democratic petitions. If both candidates petitions are validated, there will be a primary election in September for that ballot line.
No matter who wins that primary, though, the two candidates are likely to face off in the November general election. While Thurston has filed Working Families petitions, Buschman filed for the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines.
Another race within the city that may feature a Democratic primary is for the Cayuga County Legislature District 10 seat. Incumbent Joseph Bennett has filed Democratic, Republican and Conservative petitions, but he faces a potential challenge from Mikel Zank, who also filed Democratic petitions.
The District 10 race is taking place to fill the remainder of the term for that seat, which expires in 2019. The race was triggered when Bennett resigned from his county Legislature position in May so he could retire from his job in maintenance at Cayuga Community College and begin to collection his public pension. Bennett was reappointed by his colleagues on the Legislature but that appointment requires a fall election to fill the rest of the term.
As of Friday morning, no challenges had been filed to any of the local party line petitions filed with the county elections board, but those can be made through Monday.
In each of two local countywide races, those for Cayuga County sheriff and Cayuga County coroner, just one candidate filed party line petitions.
Cayuga County Sheriff's Office Lt. Detective Brian Schenck filed for the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines. He's seeking to replace longtime incumbent Sheriff David Gould, who chose not to run for another term.
Incumbent county Coroner Dr. Adam Duckett has also filed Republican, Conservative and Independence petitions.