Susan Howard is projected to defeat John Sansone in the Republican primary race for Orleans County district attorney.

Howard, a county native who has acted as Orleans County first assistant district attorney since 2011, was endorsed by the Conservative Party and the Shooters Committee on Political Education (S.C.O.P.E.)

Sansonse, currently an Orleans County assistant district attorney, was endorsed by the Orleans County Sheriff and Minority Leader Bob Ortt.

Sansone held the first assistant DA role in the county before Howard.

Current Orleans County District Attorney Cardone is retiring after nearly 33 years in office.