Republican primaries Tuesday

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County’s Republican Party voters will decide nine GOP primaries Tuesday, including the marquee countywide matchup for sheriff.

Primary Day polls will be open for Republican voters from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Normally, Primary Day is in September. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered New York state’s counties to start the election process earlier this year, to be closer to the federal process. General Election Day is Nov. 5.

Incumbent Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino faces former Gloversville Police Chief Donald VanDeusen in a Republican primary Giardino is seeking reelection to his second, four-year term. Giardino’s name will also be on the Conservative line in November.

Tuesday’s eight other Republican primaries are listed below:

∫ City of Johnstown: incumbent Republican 1st Ward Councilman Bradley Hayner squares off against primary foe David Sagan. If Hayner loses, he still will be on the “Johnstown First” independent line in the general election.

∫ Town of Bleecker: A two-way A Republican primary for highway superintendent is set between incumbent Paul S. Brink and Robert Young.

∫ Town of Broadalbin: Town Republican voters will choose two of four GOP candidates for councilman. They are: Junell Pasquarelli, David Bardascini, Leo VanAllen and Cynthia McClarren.

∫ Town of Caroga: Incumbent Republican Supervisor James Selmser faces a primary matchup against challenger Scott Horton. Both candidates filed previously as independents to be on the November general election ballot. Selmser filed as an independent “Caroga First” candidate. Horton’s designation is “The New Caroga” party.

Town Republican voters will also choose two of four GOP candidates for councilman. They are: Donald Travis, Richard Sturgess, Kent Kirch and Jeremy Manning. On the ballot in November as independents, even if they lose Tuesday, will be: Travis — “Wilderness Party” and Manning — “Restore Caroga” party.

∫ Town of Mayfield: Incumbent Highway Superintendent Melvyn Dopp is opposed by Jeffery Martin Jr. in a GOP primary. The winner faces Democrat Robert A. Carter Jr. in the general election. Martin will also be on the ballot in November as an independent “Four Season” party candidate.

∫ Town of Oppenheim: The town has two Republican primaries, including incumbent Town Clerk Gloria Brys facing a challenge from Kristy Buccolo. Brys will be a “Life is Good” party independent candidate in the general election ballot.

Town Republican voters will also select two of these three councilman candidates: Carolyn Johnson, Robert Pierce and Robert Norris Jr. On the ballot in November as independents for councilman are: Johnson — “C-One” party; and Richard L. Crum — “Bulldog” party.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.