The number of people that go to the polls today might have a bigger impact on the election’s outcome than in some other years. Close elections in the race for Congress, some state legislature posts, and even Onondaga County Sheriff might be decided by who did the best job of getting their supporters to actually vote in an election that typically has a lower turnout. Arthur Harris voted early today at Atonement Lutheran Church and would like to see voting really represent the people.
An experimental public campaign finance system for the state Comptroller’s race has fizzled, after the lone candidate who applied for the program failed to meet the minimum threshold to obtain the public monies.
The pilot public campaign financing program, limited to just the state Comptroller’s race as part of a state budget deal.
It was widely condemned at the time by reform groups as fatally flawed. Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Research Group called it “cynical”.
The Onondaga County Sheriff position is up for grabs for the first time since 1994. Longtime Sheriff Kevin Walsh is stepping down after twenty years. DeWitt Police Chief and Republican candidate Gene Conway will run against Democrat and veteran of the Onondaga Sheriff's office Toby Shelley. The department has recently dealt with a number of issues including over-time costs and allegations of officers filling out false time sheets. First-time candidate Conway is not happy with the negative image the local police and Sheriff's office has developed over the past few years.