Primaries today in Camillus, Marcellus

Voters in Camillus and Marcellus are headed to the polls today to decide which candidates will be on the Republican ballot come Election Day, Nov. 7.

Primaries in both towns have been highly publicized and controversial, setting the tone for a particularly active and exciting election season.

In Camillus

In Camillus, voters face the unusual situation of primaries in two wards. Incumbent David Callahan, fifth ward councilor, is being challenged by Donald Fittipaldi, whose extensive political resume includes two terms as town supervisor.

David Cooke, sixth ward councilor, is challenged by Richard Griffo. This is Griffo's first run at public office.

Adding to the unusual season in Camillus was the Conservative's decision to endorse a range of incumbent and challengers from both Republican and Democratic parties, including primary candidates Fittipaldi and Cooke.

Five objections to the Conservative endorsements were filed with the Board of Elections, and two will be heard by the Onondaga County Supreme Court Sept. 17.

In Marcellus

Longtime Marcellus Councilor Bernie Montgomery lost the Republican endorsement, and began a fierce primary campaign. Voters will decide today whether they support the Republican's picks - incumbent Councilor Tom Lathrop and new comer Kathleen Carroll, currently a member of the planning board - or want to see Montgomery keep his seat on the board.

Voting for districts 4 and 6, normally held at Marcellus High School, will be moved to Driver Middle School auditorium.

Check back with cnylink.com tonight to see the final tally.

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