Granison, John Win Primaries in County Legislature Races

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By Josh Brokaw

Henry Granison won a three-way Democratic primary race for a seat on the Tompkins County Legislature and incumbent Rich John easily won a race that was no longer contested, according to results released Tuesday, August 12, by the Tompkins County Board of Elections.

Granison won 249 of a total 432 votes in the race to represent District 3, which represents neighborhoods on Ithaca’s East and South hills. Granison, a political newbie like both his competitors, won over 57 percent of the total vote. David Shapiro earned 109 votes (25.23 percent) and Carolina Osorio Gil won 73 votes (16.9 percent).

“I want to thank everyone who made this victory possible!” Granison wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday night. “I am both humbled and excited about this position.”

Granison will be the Democratic nominee in the November 7 general election. Osorio Gil, who gained the Working Families Party endorsement, will also be on the ballot in the race to replace retiring county legislator Carol Chock.

I interviewed Granison in late June for WRFI News: listen to the interview here. Osorio Gil and I spoke last week, and you can listen to her interview here. Shapiro, whose WRFI interview you can hear here, had this to say on Facebook after the election results came in:

“The people spoke, and more of them spoke in support of Henry Granison. Henry ran a great campaign, and earned this victory. District 3 will be served well with him as our representative.

I want to thank all the people who helped with my campaign, knocked on doors with me, helped me polish my message, and the 109 people who casted their vote in support of me. It wasn’t enough to win the election, but it was more than enough to warm my heart.”

Osorio Gil had this to say on Facebook after the results came in:

Congratulations to Henry Granison who won with 249 votes (57.64%). That’s a 176 vote difference out of 1,721 registered voters. This is what our local election looks like. This is why we need to keep working together to increase and reshape voter turnout, civic engagement, and participatory democracy!


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Tompkins County legislator Rich John. Provided by Rich John.

Rich John, who first won the seat representing District 4 in 2015 as an independent, was facing a strong primary challenge from Reed Steberger. Steberger’s bid ended last week when they withdrew after a Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs report on rape allegations against Steberger stemming from their undergraduate time at Cornell.

John won 73 of the 81 votes cast in District 4, a district representing much of Collegetown and downtown Ithaca. You can listen to TruthSayers’ radio interview with John here.

In other county races, four people were elected to the Tompkins County Democratic Committee from Danby, here’s those results:

Jack L. Miller, Jr. (DEM) 51 11.38%
Naomi R. Strichartz (DEM) 110 24.55%
Dale Lewis Billington (DEM) 108 24.11%
Ted Crane (DEM) 64 14.29%
Helen Katharine Hunter (DEM) 115 25.67%

In a Republican primary race for highway superintendent in Ulysses, incumbent David G. Reynolds beat Rick Everts Jr. by a 84-78 vote.


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