Four Will Seek to Fill Vacant Syracuse Assembly Seat

Three Democrats are running in the September primary to replace former state Assemblyman Sam Roberts, a Democrat.  Roberts was in the middle of a two-year term representing the 128th Assembly District when he was appointed to serve as the head of the state’s Office of Temporary Assistance and Disability (OTDA).

Syracuse City Councilors Pamela Hunter and Jean Kessner, and former Onondaga County Legislator David Stott are running in the Democratic primary.  Hunter is the Democratic party’s designated candidate.

The winner will face Republican John Sharon, who ran unsuccessfully against Roberts in 2014.

Democrat Will Challenge Reed in 23rd C.D.

On Wednesday, Democrat John Plumb, a Cattaraugus County native and Naval Reserve Commander, announced that will challenge incumbent Tom Reed (R-Corning) in the 23rd Congressional District. The district includes all of eleven counties and parts of two others, extending from Lake Erie to suburban Binghamton along the Pennsylvania border.

Plumb stepping down from his position as a Director of Defense Policy and Strategy for the National Security Council earlier this year.