2019 election

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Well before Central New Yorkers went to the polls today, some local voters have been deciding on whether to stay with their party or switch affiliation.  The Republican Elections Commissioner of Onondaga County Michelle Sardo says the number of registered Republican voters has decreased by 1,300 compared to 2016's enrollment numbers.   Sardo is uncertain about the reason behind the decrease.  

"There is no way to track where they went right now, if they changed party to Democrat or just to blank, or any other party."

City of Syracuse

In the span of less than a year, a third person will be representing residents in Syracuse’s third common council district.  Democratic incumbent Bryn Lovejoy-Grinnell was narrowly defeated in a three way primary by Chol Majok.  

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A familiar name and face is looking to return to the Syracuse Common Council.  Democrat Pat Hogan is seeking his old second district seat, which he held for eight years before term limits forced him out in 2013.  The wide-open seat covers the Northwestern area of Syracuse.  Hogan says his door-to-door campaign strategy is important when connecting with constituents.

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Early voting sites around Onondaga County are seeing steady traffic now a week into the inaugural project.  The East Suburb location in Dewitt saw about 150 people by lunchtime today, according to poll workers. 


Voters in Onondaga County’s 15th legislative district might recognize some of the names in the three-way contest.  Incumbent republican Miles Bottrill served as a city councilor from 1994 to 2001.  More recently, democrat Bill Kinne looks to make a return after representing the district from 1991 to 2011.  Misse Ross on the Working Families party line has been an outspoken community activist for years. 

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Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick has not one, but two opponents going into this year’s election.  The seven-term republican is being challenged by defense attorney and democrat Chuck Keller, and attorney Gary Lavine on the Conservative Party line. 


The only wide open race on the Onondaga County Legislature has generated plenty of interest from candidates seeking to represent the 7th district.  There was a rare primary among democrats, and now there’s a three-way contest for the district which includes most of DeWitt and small slices of Syracuse.  Now the candidates want voters to get equally engaged.