No independent petitions filed

JOHNSTOWN — No persons filed independent petitions — as of Tuesday’s deadline — for political races this fall in Fulton and Montgomery counties.

Spokespersons for both counties’ boards of elections said today no independents emerged after a week-long process in which they could have challenged major party candidates for local races. Primary Day is Sept. 13, while General Election Day is Nov. 6.

In Fulton County, a Republican two-way primary race has emerged for Fulton County Family Court judge. Current Family Court Judge Edward F. Skoda is retiring at the end of 2018. Republican Fulton County Public Defender J. Gerard McAuliffe Jr. faces Republican Gloversville attorney Michael W. Smrtic.

McAuliffe also filed to run on the Conservative, Independence, Green, Reform and Women’s Equality Party lines on the ballot.

Smrtic’s name will appear on the Conservative and Independence lines, also setting up primaries with McAuliffe for both of those parties.

In Montgomery County, the big local race this fall is for sheriff. Longtime Montgomery County Sheriff Michael J. Amato announced in April he was not seeking re-election and is retiring Dec. 31.

Montgomery County Emergency Management Director Jeffrey T. Smith is running for sheriff on the Republican line, and Conservative, Independence and Reform lines. Democrat James Glorioso Jr. of Amsterdam, is also running on the Women’s Equality Party and Working Families.

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