Democrats Are Heading to Polls To Choose Local, State Nominees

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David Gruber, left, and David Lys, right, are Democratic candidates in a primary for East Hampton Town Board. Michael Heller photos

Democrats across New York State are voting Thursday, September 13, to choose their nominees for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.

Meanwhile, in East Hampton Town, incumbent Town Board member David Lys is facing a primary challenge to run for the single year remaining in former Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc’s council term by longtime Democratic Committee member David Gruber, who also has mounted the first campaign to unseat current committee members in decades.

Polls open at 6 a.m. and will close at 9 p.m.

Also on the ballot locally, two candidates are vying in Suffolk County for the Democratic nomination for judge of the Surrogate Court: Tara A. Scully, an attorney and registered Republican from Port Jefferson; and Family Court Judge Theresa Whelan, who has the Independence ballot line.

Statewide, Democrats will choose between incumbent Andrew M. Cuomo, who is completing his second four-year term, and activist actress Cynthia E. Nixon. The winner will face Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, who is running on the Republican, Conservative and Reform Party lines, in the general election.

For lieutenant governor, Democrats will choose between Governor Cuomo’s running mate, incumbent Kathy C. Hochul, and challenger Jumaane Williams of Brooklyn, a New York City councilman who is a progressive who has endorsed Ms. Nixon and has been endorsed by her.

Four candidates are running to be the Democratic candidate for attorney general: Upstate Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney; attorney Leecia R. Eve, a former U.S. Senate staffer for Hillary Clinton and Cuomo administration official who is currently a public relations vice president for Verizon; New York City Public Advocate Letitia A. James; and Zephyr Teachout, an associate professor of law at Fordham.

In East Hampton, because of Mr. Gruber’s “Reform Democrats” challenge to the sitting Democratic committee — which chose Mr. Lys as its nominee in June — voters will also choose members of the local Democratic Committee, who will appear on the ballot as candidates of the “county committee.”

There are 139 choices for 38 seats, two for each of the town’s 19 election districts, which technically are memberships in the Suffolk County Democratic Committee. Voters will see ballots that are specific to their election district. Their choice will be limited to three or four names.

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