Races throughout the region are looking pretty interesting starting with the Republican/Conservative primaries for Oswego County Sheriff.

Current Sheriff Reuel Todd is not seeking re-election, so his seat is up for grabs. Among those looking to replace him, is Undersheriff, Gene Sullivan.

Sullivan is facing off against Town of Hastings resident, Don Hilton, who has an extensive background in law enforcement.

There's no one on the Democrat line, so, it could if one of the candidates takes both primaries, they will take the seat in November.

On the state level, some long-standing elected leaders are facing challengers:


21st State Assembly District 

Democratic, Assemblyman Bill Magee has held the position since 1990. He's going for a 15th term. This time, he's being challenged by Dan Butterman, an insurance claim manager. The winner of this primary will face off against Republican John Salka in November. 


53rd District of State Senate

Democratic State Senator Dave Valesky also finds himself in an unusual position, facing a primary challenger for his 53rd District seat. First elected back in 2004, he's opposed this year by Rachel May, an administrator at Syracuse University. 


119th State Assembly District

Anthony Brindisi has his eyes focused on a run for Congress, leaving the state seat empty. Republicans Dennis Bova Jr. and Frederick Nichols face off for the GOP nod. The winner will go against Democrat Marianne Buttenschon in November.


Tompkins County Sheriff

​Sheriff Ken Lansing is seeking a third term, but he's got competition from someone who knows the deaprtment well, former Undersheriff, Derek Osborne. Osbornes said he didn't want to see Lansing run unopposed again. The winner of the race will face off against Independent candidate Josh Brokaw.