With thousands of mail-in ballots yet to be processed, neither elections for the 125th district in the New York State Assembly nor the 58th district of the State Senate have officially been called. However, Anne Kelles (D) is ahead in the State Assembly race and Tom O’Mara (R-N.Y.) is ahead in the State Senate race.
Tompkins County Legislator Anna Kelles garnered 34.1 percent of the vote in the seven-person assembly primary, followed by Ithaca Common Council Alderperson Seph Murtagh Ph.D. ’09 (D-2nd Ward) with 20.2 percent. In the primary for Tompkins County District Attorney, local lawyer Ed Kopko led incumbent Matthew Van Houten with 57.5 percent of the vote.
In their closing statements, Democratic candidates for New York Assembly District 125 took some rare veiled shots at one another in the last public moments of what has been a largely cordial, yet competitive, primary season.
National calls for police reform laid at the forefront of the Tompkins County Democratic Committee’s final assembly candidate forum: Prof. Sujata Gibson, law, lended support to the growing “defund” movement, while other candidates pledged to work with unions to reimagine community policing.
White supremacists targeted Tompkins County legislator Anna Kelles (D-2nd District) and a campaign supporter through anonymous emails in late May, the campaign said in a Monday press release. Kelles is a candidate in the Democratic primary for the 125th New York Assembly District.
Local Ithaca resident and activist Anna Kelles is running as an independent candidate to represent the second district in the Tompkins County Legislature. The Fall Creek district includes parts of North Campus and lower Collegetown and is home to many students and affiliates of the University. Kelles will run against Democratic candidate Nate Shinagawa ’05, who resigned from his position representing the fourth district in the Tompkins County Legislature so he could run to represent the second district. According to Kelles, it is important to create policies which encourage landowners to update their properties, as it would create affordable and livable conditions for students and residents of Ithaca. “Having someone in office that understands that people need a home and people need a certain quality of life, [and] that anytime I have an opportunity to update policies to do that I always will,” Kelles said.