In most suburban communities, the winners of primaries will still face some competition in November. Many of the battles were for minor party lines, such as Independence and Conservative.
And in other cases, the primary was a preliminary battle in preparation for the larger fight still ahead, such as in West Seneca, where the Republican winner, William P. Malczewski, still has to face incumbent Supervisor Paul T. Clark.
Supervisor candidates Richard Savage and James Uebelhoer each won a primary Tuesday.
Savage, the incumbent supervisor, mounted a successful write-in challenge on the Independence line, winning with 19 votes. Uebelhoer received 12.
In the Conservative primary, which Savage also entered as a write-in candidate, Uebelhoer was the winner with 56 votes. Savage polled 28. Savage, a Republican, is seeking a fourth two-year term. Uebelhoer, who has been a town councilman for 10 years, is the only Democrat on the Town Board.
In the Conservative primary for Town Board seats, the endorsed candidates won against write-in candidates. They are Arlene Cooke, with 67 votes, and former councilman Frank Schiralli, with 61. Ronald Snyder had 45 votes, and incumbent Daniel Warmus received 27. Warmus and Snyder have the Republican endorsements.
Geoffrey Klein will have three lines and incumbent Sam Maislin only one when the two vie for the town justice seat in November, according to results Tuesday.
Maislin, a Democrat, won the Democratic line 1,368-1,184. Klein, a Republican, won the Republican line, 2,893-1,738. Klein won the Conservative Party line, 154-95. And Klein won the Independence Party line, 82-71.
Meanwhile, in the primary for Amherst comptroller, Michael A. Corasanti, a registered Conservative, defeated Lawrence Southwick Jr., a Republican, for the Conservative Party line. The vote was 141-120. They will face each other in November.
Veteran Town Councilman Thomas Cotton won the Republican and Conservative nominations for town supervisor Tuesday, turning back a challenge by Robert E. Kell Jr., a local accountant.
Cotton, a Town Board member for four years, received 811 votes in the GOP primary and 28 in the Conservative contest. Kell, the endorsed GOP candidate for supervisor, received 631 votes in the Republican primary and two Conservative votes. William A. Green, who has served as supervisor for eight years, is not seeking re-election.
Kell will appear on the general election ballot as the endorsed candidate of both the Independence and Right to Life parties.
Incumbents Dennis Mead and Damian Wiktor won their party's nomination to seek re-election to the Town Board in the Republican Party primary.
Mead and Wiktor, who ran as a team, received 529 and 483 votes respectively to defeat Ralph Gibson and Patrick Kennedy, who had declared themselves running mates. Gibson received 210 votes, and Kennedy had 279.
Incumbent Robert G. Sillars, a Republican appointed to the bench in February to fill a vacancy, won both the Republican and Democratic Party lines for town justice.
Sillars won the Republican Party line by defeating challenger Samuel G. Puelo -- the endorsed Democrat -- by a 1,383 to 420 margin, according to unofficial results. Sillars also won the Democratic Party line by a 266 to 218 margin, according to unofficial results. Sillars now has the Republican, Democratic, Independence and Conservative party lines.
Republican Timothy Paul Frank swept all party lines against opponent Paul R. Morley -- virtually assuring his bid for a second four-year term as town justice.
Frank, who had the Republican and Conservative endorsements, knocked out Morley, the endorsed Democratic candidate, by picking up those lines and hammering him on the Democratic line.
Unofficial vote tallies gave Frank a significant edge, with 405 to Morley's 139 on the Republican line; on the Democratic line, Frank received 151 to Morley's 103; and on the Conservative line, 31 to Morley's 21. Frank received 13 votes on the Independence Party line. Morley had been knocked off that line in a court case.
After two previously unsuccessful runs at Eden town justice, it looks like attorney R. Colin Campbell is headed for the bench.
Campbell, the endorsed Democratic and Conservative candidate, trounced his Republican-backed opponent, attorney Timothy J. Walker. Campbell garnered 408 votes on the Republican line to Walker's 288, and also beat Walker on his Independence Party line endorsement by 14 to 9. Campbell tallied 213 Democratic votes to Walker's 151. He also retained the Conservative Party line with 36 votes to Walker's 26.
However, Walker will remain on the ballot with his Right to Life Party endorsement.
Campbell and Walker are prosecutors for the town.
In the Republican primary for highway superintendent, it also was a sweep by incumbent Ronald Maggs, a registered Republican and the endorsed Democratic candidate. Maggs handily beat challenger Allen Schuster for the Republican nod with 411 votes, while Schuster tallied 277. Schuster will remain on the November ballot on the Conservative Party line.
On Independence Party challenges, Republican Town Clerk Mary Jo Hultquist retained her endorsement with 9 votes to one write-in received by her Democratic challenger Michelle Mackey.
Eden assessors Mary Murray and Patricia Hartman, both Republicans, also retained their Independence Party lines with Mrs. Murray receiving 3 votes, Mrs. Hartman receiving 11 votes, and Democrat Sharon Brockman tallying one vote.
Incumbent Audrey Murdoch won the Independence line for town supervisor by defeating Robert Kuebler 23 to 12. She also has the Republican endorsement and received 32 votes on the Right to Life line, with no opposition. Kuebler is the endorsed Democratic candidate.
In the race for Town Board, Susan Glownia, the incumbent, received 32 votes on the Independence line and Salvatore Valvo, 11, for two seats that will be on the ballot in November. They will run against John Dudek and Dennis Powers in November.
In the race for receiver of taxes, incumbent Kester Franklin received the Conservative line with 87 votes, defeating Kathy Chmura, who received 13. They will face each other in November.
In the race for the Conservative line for town clerk, Nancy Schmelzer beat incumbent Patricia King, 18 to 12. They will run again in November.
Republican voters selected two candidates Tuesday in the race for Town Board. Gifford Swyers received 503 votes and Gail Hamlett 449, defeating Thomas Cervola, with 268 votes. Cervola already has the Liberal endorsement.
Tuesday's winners will challenge incumbent Democrats Joseph Govenettio and Thomas A. Partridge in the November elections.
In the race for town justice, Sybil E. Kennedy and Timothy J. Mordaunt, both registered Republicans, battled for three lines on the November ballot.
Ms. Kennedy was endorsed by the town's Independent and Democratic committees, while Mordaunt was endorsed by the Conservative and Republican committees.
Ms. Kennedy won the Democratic line, 538 to 256; Mordaunt won the Republican line, 695 to 604; and Mordaunt secured the Conservative line, 65 to 53.
In the race for the Conservative endorsement for two seats on the Town Board, Republican incumbent Richard W. Crawford and Democrat Peter McKee each won the conservative endorsement, with 68 and 45 votes, respectively.
Incumbent Town Clerk George Danyluk won two primaries Tuesday, giving him four lines on the November ballot.
Danyluk beat Mary Rose Gaughan, who had the Conservative endorsement, in the Conservative primary, 216-67. Danyluk also won the Independence primary with 41 votes. Cathy A. Rybczynski, the Democratic candidate in November, mounted a write-in campaign on the Independence line and garnered 18 votes.
Danyluk, who is a registered Conservative, also has the Republican and Right to Life party endorsements.
Henry Gull and Joseph Juszczak pulled off victories by winning Independence Party lines for four-year terms as councilmen on the Lancaster Town Board, according to unofficial results.
Gull received 65 votes, while Juszczak received 49.
The two beat out the endorsed Independence Party candidate, Richard Zarbo, and incumbent Councilman Neil Connelly.
Zarbo, however, has the Republican and Right to Life party lines, so he will be back in November. Connelly will be back in the fall, too, on the Democratic Party, Conservative and Right to Life lines.
Meanwhile, Lancaster Councilman William Maryniewski won the Conservative Party line for an unexpired term on the Town Board. He also has the Democratic Party and Right to Life lines. Maryniewski defeated Georgette F. Pelletterie -- who also is a Lancaster School Board member -- by 72 to 36.
Ms. Pelletterie also will appear on the ballot in November, however, on the Republican and Right to Life lines.
Incumbent Earl Gingerich Jr., who received six votes in the Independence primary for the Town Board, lost his bid for that line to Barbara Spanitz, who received eight votes and Richard Janiga, 11. Two Town Board seats will be on the ballot in November. All three will be on the ballot.
Also incumbent Town Justice David Wyzykowski lost to James Gardon in his quest for three lines. In the Independence primary, Gardon received seven votes to Wyzykowski's six. In the Conservative contest, Gardon received 32 votes, Wyzykowski 17 and in the Right to Life primary, Gardon bested him, 9 to 7. Wyzykowski is the endorsed Republican candidate for re-election.
Newstead Supervisor Donald C. Holmes, a Democrat, defeated Robert J. Lichtenthal Jr., the GOP-endorsed candidate for supervisor, in the Independence Party primary, 16-11. Lichtenthal secured the Conservative line, where received 21 votes to 14 write-in votes for Holmes.
Two Republican candidates for Town Board who had Conservative Party backing nailed down that party's line in November. Incumbent David L. Cummings received 23 votes, and Joan M. Glor received 22. Scott Zitzka got eight write-in votes.
But Zitzka succeeded in grabbing one of the Independence Party nominations by getting 15 write-in votes. Ms. Glor got 16 votes to also secure that line, while Cummings finished third with 13.
Town Justice John Curran should have no trouble winning re-election to a second four-year term by sweeping all four lines on the ballot in Tuesday's vote.
Curran, a Democrat, who four years ago lost the GOP primary by 140 votes, this time won the Republican line -- despite the fact that Orchard Park has 7,500 registered Republicans and only 5,900 Democrats. He also carried the Independence and Conservative lines against GOP candidate Michael Chelus.
The tally on the GOP line was 877-740, 67-41 on the Conservative line, and 26-17 on the Independence line.
William P. Malczewski scored an easy victory over Adrian Para, the endorsed candidate, to win the Republican nomination for West Seneca town supervisor.
Malczewski, a partner in Hector's Hardware and the manager of the chain's Clinton Street store, won every election district, totaling 1,095 votes. Para, a truck driver and mechanic for Erie County, tallied 505 votes.