A spirited race for three at-large positions on the City Council and contests for county legislative seats top the Nov. 6 election in Genesee County. There are also races, mostly for town board seats, in six of the county's 13 towns.
Seeking four-year terms on the City Council are incumbents Christine M. Fix and Frank C. Ferrando, and newcomer Daniel P. Snyder, all endorsed by the city Republican Committee. Ferrando was appointed earlier this year when Council President George A. Spinnegan resigned. The other at-large vacancy came when B. Thomas Mancuso declined to seek another term.
The three are opposed by two ward Council members, Henry E. Moscicki (1st) and Rose Mary Christian (6th), and newcomer Richard A. DiFilippo. The three have the Democratic line. Moscicki, midway through his first term, was elected as a Republican but switched parties last fall. Both Moscicki and Christian will remain on the Council even if they lose their at-large bids.
The city's three representatives on the County Legislature are also on the ballot. John J. Hodgins is the GOP choice to succeed incumbent Charles R. Ruffino, who is not a candidate. The Democrats are supporting Richard M. Borrell, who is also a Conservative candidate, in his second try for the office, which represents city Wards 1 and 6.
Incumbent Republican Hollis D. Upson, in Wards 2 and 3, is opposed by former city councilman and city Democratic chairman, William G. Fava. In what is expected to be a close race, ward chairman Edward DeJaneiro Jr., with the Democratic and Liberal lines, is running for the Legislature seats representing city Wards 4 and 5. His opponent, Republican Thomas C. Tucker, is a former legislator. The incumbent Republican Connie J. Boyd is not running.
Three countywide offices are also on the ballot. The Republican incumbents -- District Attorney Lawrence Friedman, Clerk Don M. Read and Treasurer John F. Flint -- are unopposed.
The towns of Alabama, Batavia, Bethany, Byron, LeRoy and Stafford have contests for Town Board. In addition, June C. Vukman has the backing of three parties as she seeks her eighth two-year term as Town of Batavia supervisor. Running against her is Donald L. Partridge on the Harmony Party line. He lost the GOP primary to Vukman.
Longtime county Legislator John L. Sackett Jr., R-Byron, is running without opposition for town supervisor.
The other legislative contest is in the Oakfield-Alabama district, where incumbent Democrat Matthew D. Betters is not running. Earl C. LeGrou III, who narrowly lost to Betters two years ago, is again the Republican and Conservative candidate. His Democratic opponent is Alabama town Councilman Joseph J. Cassidy. Betters has not attended the last several legislative sessions.