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Primary Day Election Results for Syracuse and Onondaga County

By Staff


Helen Hudson

Helen Hudson, Syracuse Councilor-At-Large

According to unofficial election results in Thursday’s primary races, Democrat Toby Shelley won a Conservative Party primary for Onondaga County executive, and defeated the candidate reportedly supported by county executive Joanie Mahoney, Oscar Peterson.

Shelley won about 360 votes, to Peterson’s estimated 130.

Reportedly, Shelley will also be on the Democratic Party line, without the support of Democrats, in November. He lost the party’s support after allegedly making racist comments regarding racial profiling in Syracuse newspaper, “The New Times.”

Incumbent Councilor-at-Large Helen Hudson and Steve Thompson, both Democratic-party endorsed candidates, also won the Democratic primary for Syracuse Councilor-at-Large. Their opponent,Gary Morris Sr., received 20 percent of the vote, while Hudson received 47 percent, and Thompson received 33 percent.

Hudson and Thompson will be up against Green Party candidate Lance Denno for two available council seats in the November election.

Current Common Councilor Khalid Bey also won the Democratic primary in the 4th Council District, against community activist Mary Nelson.

When it comes to school board races, current board president Michelle Mignano, and incumbent member Max Ruckdeschel, were left out of the running.

Katie Sojewicz, Mark Muhammad, Dan Romeo, and Rita Paniagua won the race to compete for four open seats on the board. Muhammad is the only candidate who is currently a school board member.

The four will compete against Raymond Blackwell and Caleb Duncan, both Green Party candidates, in addition to Latoya Allen, a Working Families Party candidate, in November.

Muhammad, Romeo, Ruckdeschel and Sojewicz were also endorsed by the Democratic Party.

According to the Onondaga County Board of elections, Democrats represent 54 percent of Syracuse voters.

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