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Supervisors in Seneca Falls, Romulus, and Lodi expected to face challengers this year

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Most supervisors on the ballot this November will have uncontested races. In fact, more than half of them will be running all alone to continue serving their respective communities.


However, two incumbents face primary challenges on June 27.

Nominating petitions submitted to the county Board of Elections last week reveal that incumbent supervisors Mike Ferrara of Seneca Falls and David Hayes of Romulus will have to overcome primary opponents to secure the Republican line in the November election.

Ferrara, seeking a second term, filed both Republican and Conservative petitions. Frank Schmitter also filed Republican petitions. Seneca Falls Democrats will choose town office candidates at a caucus in July.

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Hayes filed Republican and Conservative petitions for a second term in Romulus, but Peter Jennings also filed Republican petitions, forcing a primary contest for the party’s endorsement. Romulus Democrats will select their candidates at a summer caucus.

Republican incumbents Mike Reynolds (Covert), Ernie Brownell (Junius), Joseph Borst (Ovid), Mike Rhinehart and Paul Kronenwetter (Seneca Falls), and Mike Enslow and Bob Shipley (Waterloo) will run unopposed in their reelection campaigns.

Varick Supervisor Bob Hayssen filed Republican and Conservative petitions, while Varick Democrats have the opportunity to select a candidate for supervisor and other positions at a July caucus.

Kyle Barnhart of Lodi, the board’s only Democrat, must receive a nomination at a party caucus in July. If nominated, he will face a challenge from Town Board member Republican Lucas Latini.