Vot­ers Guide

Albany Times Union - Sunday - - AROUND THE REGION -

Ready to step into the polling place, sign your name, grab a marker and fill in that bub­ble?

Then head out to the polls from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tues­day and join your fel­low Amer­i­cans and make your de­ci­sions — you’ve got a few of them.

Plenty of eyes will be on the midterm Con­gres­sional elec­tions, and one of the lo­cal seats is con­sid­ered piv­otal in that mix: The 19th District where in­cum­bent Repub­li­can John Faso faces Demo­cratic chal­lenger An­to­nio Del­gado.

In­cum­bent Demo­crat Paul Tonko is chal­lenged by Repub­li­can Joe Vi­tollo in the Al­bany-cen­tric district and in the mas­sive 21st District, GOP in­cum­bent Elise Ste­fanik bat­tles Demo­crat Te­dra Cobb and Green Party can­di­date Lynn Kahn.

For U.S. Se­nate, Demo­crat Kirsten Gil­li­brand faces Repub­li­can chal­lenger Chele Far­ley.

Statewide, Repub­li­can Marc Moli­naro hopes to un­seat Demo­cratic Gov. An­drew Cuomo, with three third-party can­di­dates also in the race. Con­tested races ex­ist for at­tor­ney general and comptroller.

Will the state Se­nate stay in Repub­li­can con­trol? That ques­tion will be an­swered at the polls, along with who will win the four Cap­i­tal Re­gion-area seats. The re­gion also has 11 state As­sem­bly races.

Rens­se­laer County vot­ers will de­cide be­tween Mary Pat Don­nelly, a Demo­crat, and Repub­li­can in­cum­bent Joel Abelove for the four-year district at­tor­ney’s seat. There’s also a District 1 County Leg­is­la­ture seat in play.

Saratoga Springs vot­ers will have two choices on the back of the bal­lot form. The first seeks ap­proval for the re­vi­sions to the cur­rent char­ter. The se­cond seeks ap­proval to add two at-large mem­bers to the City Coun­cil, ex­pand­ing it to seven. Ques­tion 2 will au­to­mat­i­cally fail if Ques­tion 1 is not ap­proved.

In Still­wa­ter, Deputy Mayor Ju­dith Wood-shaw and po­lit­i­cal new­comer An­thony Schunk hope to be mayor. The win­ner of the one-year terms will re­place Mayor Frank Ta­tum, who took over after for­mer Mayor Rick Nel­son went to prison for hav­ing child pornog­ra­phy.

Sco­tia Mayor Kris Kast­berg’s de­ci­sion not to run again means vil­lage vot­ers will de­cide be­tween Demo­crat Thomas Gif­ford and Repub­li­can Loretta Rigney. The trustee and jus­tice seats are also con­tested.

Sch­enec­tady County vot­ers will de­cide on a county clerk: Repub­li­can Nick Bar­ber against Demo­crat Cara Jasen­ski Ack­er­ley to suc­ceed John Wood­ward.

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