Party primaries were held this past Tuesday. There are no statewide elections in 2013, but there are a number of local elections being held throughout the state. Below are some of the highest-profile races Upstate.
In the Democratic race for Mayor, incumbent Byron Brown easily defeated retired FBI agent Bernard Tolbert, winning 68 percent of the vote. Brown, who is running for a third term, will face Republican Sergio Rodriguez in November.
In the day’s biggest upset, Rochester City Council President Lovely Warren defeated incumbent Mayor Thomas Richards in the Democratic primary, winning 58 percent of votes. Richards will be on the Independence and Working Families ballot lines in November, but it is not clear as of this writing whether he intends to actively campaign for the office.
The Democratic race for mayor includes incumbent Stephanie Miner, City Councilor Patrick Hogan and businessman Alfonso Davis. Miner won with 54 percent. As of this writing, the Republican Party is not fielding a candidate in the November election.
The Democratic race for mayor included City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan and Corey Ellis, a former city councilman. Sheehan won the primary with 68 percent of the vote, becoming the leading candidate to become Albany’s first female Mayor.