Redrawn lines, several trips to the polls and a Thursday primary date have made 2012 an election year that is hard to compare to any other year.
Depending on where you live or what party you are affiliated with, there is a chance by the time you vote in the general election in November, you may have gone to the polls as many as six times.
There were village elections in March, the Presidential primary in April, the school board trustee and budget vote in May, a congressional primary in June and now a first – a Thursday primary on Sept. 13.
Something needs to be done in the future to reduce the number of times a person may have to vote in a given year. That would mean between March and November – a nine month span – some people may have gone to the polls six times, as there are many important races impacting our readers, as well as several primaries that will take place Sept. 13.
In the race for State Senate in the 60th District, three people are seeking the Democratic nod, including Michael L. Amodeo, Alfred T. Coppola and Charles M. Swanick. Republican incumbent Mark J. Grisanti will seek to hold off a challenge from Kevin T. Stocker. Grisanti is also facing Marie C. Clark and Brian J. Siklinski in the Independence primary. Working Families voters will have an opportunity to ballot, in which they can write in a candidates name, as Gregory L. Davis’ name will be the only to appear on the ballot.
Swanick already holds the Conservative Party endorsement for the November general election as there is no primary for that party in this race.
In the 147th District State Assembly race, four candidates names will appear in the Republican primary. David P. Mariacher, David J. DiPietro, Daniel J. Humiston and Christopher Lane are seeking to be the GOP candidate in the November general election. One name missing is incumbent Kevin Smardz, who dropped out of the race for personal reasons.
Come November, the winner will look to hold off a challenge from Democratic and Working Families candidate Christina M. Abt.
DiPietro is the Conservative party candidate in November for the 147th District Assembly race.
Another hotly contested race will be in the 149th District Assembly race, where incumbent Democratic candidate Sean M. Ryan is facing a challenge from Joseph A. Mascia and Kevin P. Gaughan in the primary
Ryan will be on the ballot in November as the Working Families candidate, with Mascia as the Conservative Party candidate.
In the race for Erie County Comptroller, challenger Stefan I. Mychajliw, Jr., who is the Republican and Conservative Party candidate, is seeking to gain the nod as the Independence Party candidate in a primary against Megan M. Lavin. The winner will face incumbent David J. Shenk, the Democratic and Working Families candidate, who was appointed to the position earlier this year after former Comptroller Mark Poloncarz defeated Chris Collins in the race for Erie County Executive last November.
Locally, the only town race this fall is in Boston, where Town Clerk Jennifer A. Mule is running unopposed to fill the vacancy when Shenk resigned after he was appointed as Erie County Comptroller. Mule has the backing of the Democratic, Republican, Conservative and Working Families parties.
• Besides elections, September also means the start of school and we want to remind readers that students and school buses will be on or near the roadways.
On Tuesday, Sept. 4, the Hamburg Central School District and Lake Shore Central School District will begin its 2012-13 school year as students in those districts return to classes.
The other districts, including Frontier, Eden, North Collins, Immaculata Academy, St. Francis, SS. Peter and Paul, St. Marys of the Lake and Southtowns Catholic resume on Wednesday, Sept. 5. We want to wish students in of our districts the very best for the 2012-13 school year.