It's Election Day in Cortland: Get caught up on important local races

CORTLAND, N.Y. – Several key posts in city and county government are up for grabs in Tuesday's election in Cortland County.


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Polls are open from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Perhaps the biggest race to watch is the election for a new Cortland County sheriff. Lee Price is retiring after serving as sheriff for 15 years.

Three candidates are vying for the job – Cortland County Undersheriff Herb Barnhart, a Republican, Village of Homer Police Chief Mark Helms, a Democrat, and Rich Berry, a retired state trooper who is running on the Conservative Party line.

Here's a look at some other local races to watch out for:

Common Council

There are two contested seats on Cortland Common Council in Tuesday's election.

In the city's 5th ward, alderman Clifton Dutcher, a Republican, faces a challenge from Bill Carpenter, a Democrat and a retired city police officer.


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In the 7th ward, alderwoman Linda Ferguson, a Democrat, faces a challenge from Adam MeGivern, a Republican and executive director of the Cortland Downtown Partnership, as well as Cortland 4 Change candidate Kristen Dye.

Mayor Brian Tobin, a Democrat, is seeking his third term in his office and will face his first opponent since being elected in 2011. My'Shell Titus, a Cortland resident, is running against Tobin on the Working Families line.

County legislative seats

Three seats on the Cortland County legislature are being sought in contested races:

– In the county's 2nd district, incumbent Democrat Amy Cobb faces challenger Derek Reynolds, a city firefighter who lost to Cobb in the primary election. He is running as an independent candidate.

– In the 11th district, two political newcomers are vying for a seat vacated by Susan Briggs, who announced earlier this year she would not seek re-election. Chad Underwood, a Democrat, faces Christopher Newell, a Republican.

– In the 12th district, incumbent Republican Joseph Steinhoff faces a challenge from Lisa "Lee" Miller, who is running as a conservative.

Results from Tuesday's election can be viewed at here.


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