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Primary opponents in Orchard Park will meet again in November

There are several minor party primaries in Orchard Park on Tuesday, but in each case, the candidates will face each other again on major lines in November.

In the Conservative primary, Democratic Supervisor Janis A. Colarusso is facing a write-in challenge from Patrick J. Keem, a Republican. Colarusso also will be on the Democratic and Working Families lines in November, and Keem will be on the GOP and Independence Party lines after receiving a favorable court ruling.

In the councilman’s race, Republican Eugene L. Majchrzak and Democrat Lynmarie Phillips will face off in the Independence primary. Majchrzak also will be on the Republican and Conservative lines in November, and Phillips will be on the Democrat and Working Families lines.

Keem was successful in getting Colarusso thrown off the Independence Party primary ballot.

Keem challenged the certificate issued by local Independence Party members allowing Colarusso to run in Tuesday’s primary.

State Supreme Court Justice Diane Y. Devlin ruled that Colarusso, Orchard Park councilman candidate Phillips and Colden councilman candidate Ronald R. Fraser could run in the Independence primary for their respective offices.

But the Appellate Division overruled her, saying that Colarusso could not be on the ballot because only the state Independence Party could issue the certificates allowing a nonparty member to run in the primary.

Keem was the only candidate listed as a plaintiff in the court filing, and the court ruled he had standing to object only to his opponent, and that state party leaders were not the “aggrieved” parties in the other races.


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