2020 Voting Guide
Local Election News
In New York's 125th Assembly district
Barbara Lifton announced in early February that she will not be seeking re-election for a tenth term. She has represented all of Tompkins County and portions of Cortland County for the last 18 years.
Since Lifton’s announcement, seven candidates ran for the Democratic nomination for the 125th Assembly district: Sujata Gibson, Jordan Lesser, Jason Leifer, Seph Murtagh, and Anna Kelles from Tompkins County and Lisa Hoeschele and Beau Harbin of Cortland County. Anna Kelles emerged as the victor for the primary election, and faced off against Matthew McIntyre of Cortland County, who ran on the Libertarian Party line.*
In the November election, Kelles emerged as the winner and took office in January.
*A previous statement indicated that Matthew McIntyre of Cortland County had dropped out of the race. This is incorrect, he is still in the running for Assembly.
In the New York State Senate
Tom O’Mara is up for reelection once again in New York’s 58th senate district, which spans Penn Yan to Watkins Glen, Hornell, Bath, Corning, Elmira, and Ithaca. He has held the seat since 2010.
Leslie Danks Burke was the sole Democrat to challenge O’Mara this election cycle.
O'Mara emerged from the November election as the winner.
Tompkins County District Attorney Race
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In New York’s 23rd Congressional District
Representative Tom Reed, a Republican, holds the congressional seat in the 23rd district, which spans the southwestern portion of the state including Tompkins and Schuyler Counties.
Running against Tom Reed was Tracy Mitrano of Yates County who was a candidate in the 2018 race to represent New York’s 23rd Congressional district. She won the democratic nomination, but lost to Reed, claiming 45.8 percent of the vote according to ballotpedia.org.
In the November election, Reed defeated Mitrano once again.
Dr. Scott Noren of Tompkins County was also in the race for the Democratic nomination but was disqualified since he didn’t reach the minimum 375 signatures needed on the petition.