Sira leads GOP primary for judge

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira led the Republican primary for Fulton County Court judge by 177 votes over opponent Michael Smrtic on Thursday, according to unofficial results.

However, the total does not include 562 absentee ballots that were sent to voters. The counting of absentee ballots, 343 of which were returned to the Fulton County Board of Elections as of Thursday, could change the outcome of the race.

Sira received 2,135 votes in the primary day voting, and Smrtic received 1,958 votes, according to unofficial tallies from the Board of Elections after all election districts reported results.

If Sira’s lead holds up after the counting of absentee ballots, she would face no opposition in the November general election for county judge.

In other local primary races Thursday:

In Caroga, Robert Sullivan defeated town Supervisor Ralph Ottuso in the Republican primary for supervisor. Ottuso still will be on the ballot in the November general election as an independent candidate. Ronald McLain will run in November on the Democratic ticket.

In the town of Johnstown, Jack Wilson defeated James Westover and Supervisor Nancy MacVean in the Republican primary for town supervisor. Westover will appear on the November ballot as an independent candidate.

In Gloversville, Vincent DeSantis defeated Benjamin Robb in the Democratic primary for a city council seat. Robb still will be on the November ballot as an independent candidate. John Schermerhorn, a Working Families Party candidate, also will be on the November general election ballot.

More on the primary election results will appear in Friday’s print and online editions.

By LH Staff