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The Telegram
  • Primaries clear up election picture

  • One county legislator who lost in Tuesday’s primaries will still be on the ballot in November on a different party line.

    Stephen N. Keblish, Jr. will be on the Independence party line for District 3, but said Wednesday he has not decided on the future of his campaign.

    He lost the Republican and Conservative primaries to Robert J. Schrader.

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  • One county legislator who lost in Tuesday’s primaries will still be on the ballot in November on a different party line.
    Stephen N. Keblish, Jr. will be on the Independence party line for District 3, but said Wednesday he has not decided on the future of his campaign.
    He lost the Republican and Conservative primaries to Robert J. Schrader.
    Schrader received 208 votes to Keblish’s 96 votes in the Republican primary, and nine votes to Keblish’s two votes on the Conservative line. Schrader is also running on the Working Family line and on an independent party line called Step into the Future.
    “My goal has been to be the best public servant I can be and that doesn’t always make for the best politician,” said Keblish in an e-mail. “And [Schrader and I] share the same views: Our priority is revitalizing the county and we both support the jail. So there is little room for disappointment.”
    Keblish, who is serving his first term, also commented that Schrader will be the seventh legislator representing their district since 2002.
    “I wasn’t too surprised ... we’re accustomed to change over,” he said.
    Schrader could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
    Other incumbent county legislators competing in the primaries held on to the support from their parties including Vincent J. Bono, Bernard Z. Peplinski and Frederick Shaw.
    Jeffrey M. Stone, who served two terms on the county legislature, decided against running for a third term in District 5, but said he is committed to serving out his term.
    Instead, he chose to run for the town justice position in German Flatts.
    Stone defeated incumbent Arthur Dunckel in the Republican primary with 446 votes. Dunckel, who has served over 20 years on the bench, received 152 votes.
    Stone will face Thomas Wiers who is on the Justice Party line in November.
    “I’m very happy with the results, now I want to win in the general election,” said Stone during a telephone interview on Wednesday.
    Though he is a Republican, Stone will also be on the Independent, Conservative and Democrat party lines in November since a judge candidate is considered to not be political.
    Stone said he wanted to make the switch to being a town justice. He said he has learned more about the alternative incarceration programs that are available to offenders through his time on the legislature and is interested in seeing such programs utilized.
    Raymond S. Johnson won the Republican primary for the District 5 seat with 165 votes against challenger Gary G. Jackson who received 142 votes. Jackson will still be on the ballot in November on the Conservative line and an independent party line called Liberty. Johnson is also on an independent party line as a Concerned Citizen. Both will go on to face Frank Torres, a Democrat.
    Page 2 of 2 - In District 2, political newcomer Michael Stalteri won the Republican primary with 82 votes, versus the 38 votes received by George Markwardt.
    “I’m excited. I’m very passionate about going forward with the campaign,” said Stalteri in a telephone interview on Wednesday. “I’m very appreciative to all those who have supported me, especially the Republican party and the many constituents in District 2.”
    Stalteri also thanked his opponent for being a “gentleman throughout the campaign and a true professional.”
    Though new to politics, Stalteri said he is not new to public life. He is currently an assistant principal at Lyndon H. Strough Middle School in the Rome City School District.
    “I’m looking to work with both sides, putting politics aside and building relationships and getting things done that have not been getting done,” he said.
    Stalteri will face incumbent Helen Rose, a Democrat, in the November election.
    In District 11, Bono will again face John J. Werczynski after beating him in the Republican primary with 212 votes. Werczynski is also on the Working Family line and an independent ticket named Have a Voice. Bono will also compete on the Conservative and Independence party lines.
    In District 13, incumbent Bernard Peplinski, Sr., received 209 votes in the Republican primary and Kevin D. Craska received 57 votes. They will face each other again in November with Craska also listed on an independent party line as a Concerned Citizen. Peplinski is also on the Conservative party line.
    Incumbent Frederick Shaw received 212 votes in the Republican primary for District 16. Challenger Grace L. Klutschkowski received 143 votes. She will be on the November ballot on the independent party line Concerned Citizen.

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