Majority of Local Positions Up for Election This Year
in Lewis County; Major Party Candidates Can Begin Collecting Petition Signatures
Published: February 22, 2023 at 04:00 p.m.
By: Nick Altmire
Lewis County, NY- With most local
offices up for election this year in Lewis County, the process is set get
underway next week as potential candidates can begin collecting petition
signatures. Below we’ll break down what offices are on the ballot this year
along with important dates to keep in mind for interested candidates and
OFFICES ARE UP FOR ELECTION IN 2023?
This year, each
of the four countywide elected officials- Sheriff, District Attorney,
County Clerk, and County Treasurer- will be up for election as well as all
ten seats on the Lewis County Board of Legislators. Sheriff Mike Carpinelli, District Attorney Leanne Moser, County
Clerk Jake Moser, and Treasurer Eric Virkler have
all announced plans to seek re-election. With the exception of Denmark and
West Turin, 15 of the 17 towns in Lewis County will have Supervisor, Clerk
and Tax Collector, and Highway Superintendent (except town of Lowville)
positions on the ballot. All 17 towns will also have seats on the town
board up for election. Justice positions will also be on the ballot in nine
of the towns. The villages of Constableville,
Copenhagen, Port Leyden, and Turin will also hold elections for mayor and
trustee positions. Each position up for election is included in the chart
below, provided by the Lewis County Board of Elections.
The process to
become a candidate for any of the positions up for election this year will
officially begin on February 28, the first day candidates seeking a major
party line (Republican, Democrat, Conservative) can begin collecting
signatures on their designating petitions.
candidates are required to collect signatures from a minimum of five
percent of registered party members that voted in the last gubernatorial
election in the jurisdiction in which they are seeking office. For example,
if someone was interested in seeking the Republican ballot line for
Supervisor in the town of Croghan, the potential candidate would need 60
registered members of the Republican party residing in the town of Croghan
to sign their designating petition.
If there is more
than one candidate filing a petition for the major party line for a
particular office a Primary Election will be held on June 27. Again, major party candidates can begin
collecting signatures on February 28. The first day candidates can file
completed petitions with the Lewis County Board of Elections is April 3,
with the last day for filing being April 6. The following, provided by the
Lewis County Board of Elections, outlines the process for major party
designating petitions. We have also included the chart showing the minimum
number of signatures required for each jurisdiction. Designating petitions
can be picked up at the Lewis County Board of Elections, or you can download the petition here.
candidates can also seek office through an independent designating petition
not affiliated with a major party. This process starts on April 18, the
first date independent candidates can begin collecting signatures.
Completed petitions can be filed with the Lewis County Board of Elections
starting on May 23 and must be submitted by May 30. Independent candidates
are required to collect signatures from a minimum of 5% of the total number
of votes cast for Governor in the last gubernatorial election (2022) for
the jurisdiction they are seeking office. The exact numbers required for
independent petitions (like the chart for the major party requirements)
will be available in the next week or two from the Lewis County Board of
Elections. The document below, provided by the Lewis County Board of
Elections, outlines the process for independent petitions.
WHEN IS ELECTION
important dates to keep in mind are June 27, when Primary Elections will be
held if needed, and November 7, the General Election date.
questions or seeking additional information can contact the Lewis County
Board of Elections at 315-376-5329.