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Members of four political parties will vote in the Sept. 15 primary elections in Allegany County, but there is only one local race.

Four law enforcement officials are seeking the important Republican ballot spot in their quest to become Allegany County sheriff. Sheriff Lawrence Scholes is not seeking re-election.

Competing are Randal J. Belmont, the Alfred police chief; William R. Tompkins, a former police officer in the county and elsewhere; Karl E. Graves, the county jail superintendent; and Ricky L. Whitney, the Bolivar police chief.

No Democrat has been nominated for the sheriff's post. Winning the GOP primary is tantamount to winning the job, according to political observers.

A Republican congressional primary was a possibility until recently, when a judge removed the Rev. Jim Pierce from the ballot.

The remaining primaries, among Democrats and members of the Independence and Right to Life parties, are for state -- not local -- offices.

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