Candidates facing off in Sept. 14 Primary

QUEENSBURY - The Primary election to be held throughout Warren County Tuesday Sept. 14 will have no local candidates vying for votes, although in November, plenty of town races will be on the ballot.

Statewide and U.S. Congressional races, however will be presented to voters to choose various party candidates.

For the Democrats, voters will be choosing between five candidates for state Attorney General: Richard L. Brodsky, Eric T. Schneiderman, Sean Coffey, Eric R. Dinallo, and Kathleen M. Rice; plus two candidates for U.S. Senator, unexpired term. U.S. Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand will be running for election to this Senate post, to which she was appointed when Hillary Clinton was named U.S. Secretary of State. Gillibrand is challenged by Gail Goode in this upcoming Primary election.

Brodsky is a state Assemblyman from Westchester; Eric T. Schneiderman, 55, is a state Senator from Manhattan. Sean Coffey, 54, is a former federal prosecutor; Eric R. Dinallo, 46, is a former state insurance commissioner, and Rice is the present Nassau County District Attorney.

Gillibrand was a corporate attorney before she unseated John Sweeney for U.S. Congress and was appointed to the U.S. Senate in early 2009 to replace Hillary Clinton.

Gail Goode, a former assistant District Attorney, is Deputy Borough Chief of the Tort Unit in the New York City Corporation Counsel's Office. She has said Gillibrand was appointed to her seat without allowing appropriate competition for the post.

For the Republicans, voters will be choosing between Rick Lazio and Carl Paladino to represent their party for the state Governor post; for either Gregory J. Edwards or Thomas Ognibene for Lieutenant Governor; between Gary Berntsen and Jay Townsend for Charles Schumer's U.S. Senate seat; and between Joseph J. DioGuardi, David Malpass and Bruce Blakeman for Gillibrand's U.S. Senate Seat.

Conservative Party members will be choosing between Rick A. Lazio and Ralph C. Lorigo as their candidate for Governor.

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