Designating petitions for upcoming elections in Cayuga County were submitted last week, setting the stage for some previously unannounced contested races, including a mayoral primary in Auburn.
State election law changes approved earlier this year, which moved the local primaries from September to June, pushed up the deadline for political party line petition signature submissions to between April 1 and 4. The deadline for filing objections to those petitions is Monday.
A review of the submissions filed in Cayuga County shows that in the race for Auburn’s mayor, former mayor and current Cayuga County Legislator Timothy Lattimore is now facing a primary challenge from fellow Republican Brett Tracy, president of the Cayuga County Landlords Association, to determine who will face incumbent Democrat Mayor Michael Quill.
Should Lattimore secure the Republican nomination, it would be the fourth matchup between him and Quill, who unseated Lattimore in the 2007 election.
The Cayuga County Legislature will likely see its own rematch, as previously unannounced candidate Hans Pecher will seek to regain the seat he lost to current Legislator Joseph DeForest, D-Venice, in the last election for District 8. Pecher filed petitions for the Republican and Conservative party lines.
Also on the Legislature, Heidi Nightengale, who has been endorsed by the Cayuga County Democratic Committee, is now facing a primary challenge from William Pelc for the District 10 seat.