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Primary Tuesday: Voters hit Polls
ELMIRA -- (WENY) It's Primary Tuesday in New York State, the polls opened at noon and voters have some big decisions. Three candidates are vying for an open judge's seat in Elmira City. Elmira and Horseheads each have three candidates running for two open town board seats and there are several Republican and Conservative party Primaries in Steuben County.
Chemung County Board of Elections commissioner Keith Osbourne says less than 10 percent of registered Republican voters showed up for the presidential primaries. He's projecting a 20 percent turnout in today's election: attributed to the highly contested Chemung County Sheriff seat.
Art Laurey's been working for the Sheriff's department for over 25 years. Now, he wants to take the reins.
"To be honest, I trust Art completely because of his values and I think that whatever he decides will be good decisions," says voter, Tami Rucci. "I think he has good morals and I think he's going to make some changes in Elmira which are greatly needed."
Voters elected Christopher Moss twice. Some are taking his track record with them to the polls, like his platform on Methamphetamine Awareness and Enforcement.
"They have caught a lot of people in that business and it's a good thing because it's a horrible thing to have for young people," says Dick Schornstheimer. "I think that he's the right one for the job, he's done a good job for a long time."
Art Laurey has also made drug manufacturing and trafficking a priority. That puts some neighbors in the position of making a tough decision.
"There's been an awful lot of interest in the Sheriff's race this year. If you'll notice there are signs all over Chemung County for the primary which is very unusual," says Election Commissioner Keith Osbourne. "We've never seen the amount of yard signs that are out for this primary especially for the sheriff's race."
And commissioner Osbourne says he's finding people are interested in what's going on locally more than at a national or state level. Polling booths are open until 9'clock tonight.