Howard submits petitions to force Republican Primary for district attorney

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 April 2024 at 1:04 pm

Susan Howard

ALBION – Susan Howard announced she has submitted petitions signed by 1,279 registered Republicans to force a primary against John Sansone for district attorney.

Sansone secured the Republican nomination on Feb. 3. Both Sansone and Howard work as assistant district attorneys. They both want to succeed Joe Cardone, who is retiring on Dec. 31 after 32 years as the county’s top prosecutor.

Howard has the Conservative Party nomination and submitted petitions signed by 99 registered Conservatives.

“I am truly grateful and appreciative for the many people who volunteered their time to go out in challenging weather in February and March to collect signatures for me,” Howard said. “I am also incredibly grateful to the nearly 1,400 Orleans County voters who signed in support of my campaign for District Attorney. We have great momentum and will keep it going right up to the June 25th Republican Primary Election.”

Candidates for public office need signatures from at least 5 percent of a party’s registered voters in order to appear on that party’s ballot line. In Orleans County, Howard said 598 Republican signatures and 31 Conservative signatures were required.

The Republican primary is scheduled for June 25 with early voting available from June 15 to 23.

Howard, in a news release today, touted her more than 20 years working in the Orleans County Court System. As First Assistant District Attorney since 2011, she said she has been involved in nearly every significant case that has come through the D.A.’s Office.

She has been a member of the Sex Abuse Task Force, which works with the Child Advocacy Center, Rape Crisis, Department of Social Services and other local support agencies. She also works closely with D.A. investigators, the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force, and other law enforcement on major cases.

Additionally, for the past five years, Howard said she has served as the sole Appellate Attorney for the D.A.’s Office and has preserved every single conviction on appeal.