Three judicial candidates will appear on more than one party line in the Nov. 2 General Election as a result of three minor party primaries Tuesday.
Results were still unofficial this morning, and one race is still close enough that the results could change after absentee ballots and affidavits are counted later this week.
Six candidates are running for three open Monroe County Court judgeships: three Republicans and three Democrats who will all be on the Nov. 2 General Election ballot. Five ran in a primary for the Independence Party line on the Nov. 2 ballot.
The top vote getter for the Independence line was Republican Vicki Argento, with 545 votes, only 12 votes more than Republican Vincent M. Dinolfo, who received 533. According to the Monroe County Board of Elections, there are 37 absentee Independence votes yet to be counted and another two still may be returned.
Rounding out the tally are James J. Piampiano, 500; and Democrats Kelly C. Wolford, 399, and Karen L. Morris, 386.
The party had endorsed Piampiano, Dinolfo and Wolford. The other two circulated their own petitions.
Four of the candidates also competed in a primary for the Conservative line, with Dinolfo receiving the most votes at 1,163, followed by Piampiano with 1,112; Argento, 1,058; and Wolford, 369. The party had endorsed Argento, Dinolfo and Piampiano. Wolford circulated her own petitions.
The Board of Elections reported 42 absentee Conservative ballots have yet to be counted and another 14 are outstanding.
Two of the candidates are now seated on the bench: Judge Wolford is a former assistant district attorney who was appointed interim county court judge in May to replace Judge Alexander R. Renzi, now a state supreme court justice.
Judge Rizzo, also a former assistant district attorney, was nominated to the bench in June to fill the vacancy created by the May 15 death of the Hon. John J. Connell.
The third vacancy is created by the upcoming retirement of Judge Richard A. Keenan.
The remaining candidates are now town justices: Argento in East Rochester, Dinolfo in Irondequoit, Morris in Brighton and Piampiano in Henrietta.
The Independence Party primary for Family Court judge was won by Republican John B. Gallagher Jr., who received 667 votes to La Marr Jeanette Jackson’s 200. The party had endorsed Jackson but Gallagher forced a primary. There aren’t enough uncounted votes to change the results.
A spokesperson for the Board of Elections said it will be a few days before results are final.