Lavine gets Independence party endorsement, Walsh seeks write-in votes

Voters choose Syracuse mayoral candidates in September 12 Primary Election

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - Syracuse mayoral candidate Laura Lavine now has the Independence party's endorsement. But, she'll still face a primary challenge this month.

The Onondaga County Board of Elections (BOE) got a petition to add a write-in line on the ballot, giving voters the option to pick someone else.

Ben Walsh has been openly campaigning for support from Independence party voters. He'd like to take the line away from Lavine before the General Election in November.

BOE Commissioner Dustin Czarny says his latest estimate in April showed about three percent of voters in the city of Syracuse were registered with the Independence party.

Primary day is September 12th.

Either way, both candidates will move forward to the race in November. Lavine is the Republican party's candidate.

Walsh has already secured the Reform and Upstate Jobs party lines for the General Election, which he says will be the 8th and 9th lines on the ballot.

Democrats will pick their candidate for the General Election on primary day.

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