Howard wins big in primary for DA

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 June 2024 at 10:23 pm

Top 3 for coroner: Schmidt, Woodworth and Sidari

Susan Howard

Susan Howard won a convincing Republican primary for district attorney, getting 2,120 votes to 1,107 for John Sansone.

Both are assistant district attorneys seeking to replace Joe Cardone, who is retiring after 33 years in the job on Dec. 31.

Sansone secured the Republican Party nomination, but Howard forced a primary. She is a lifelong resident of the county, and she stressed those roots in her campaign.

Sansone has worked as an attorney in the county for 28 years, but only recently moved from Lockport in Niagara County to Holley. Sansone had support from law enforcement, including Sheriff Chris Bourke, and the union for the deputy sheriffs and the union for corrections officers and dispatchers.

Howard also has the Conservative Party line. Her victory today gives her the Republican and Conservative lines in the November general election.

UPDATE on June 26 at 7:50 a.m.: Howard issued this statement:

“Thank you to the voters of Orleans County. Thank you to my friends, family, co-workers and other supporters. Thank you to everyone who’s helped us along the way during my campaign and career. Last night’s win was a win for all of us.

“After tallying countywide results, the Orleans County Board of Elections has reported our campaign as the winner of the Republican Primary by a nearly 2-1 margin with an unofficial count of 2,120 votes for Howard and 1,107 votes for Sansone.

“I am truly honored, humbled and grateful.

“With no other candidates on the ballot in November, the campaign is effectively over – though I will continue working hard to earn the support and trust of Orleans County voters.

“I now look forward to getting back to work focusing on the important at the District Attorney’s Office: keeping our communities and families safe.”

County Coroner

There were four candidates seeking three spots for county coroner. Scott Schmidt, the county’s chief coroner, had the most votes with 1,993 followed by Dr. Julie Woodworth with 1,807 and Rocco Sidari with 1,578. Kevin Dann was fourth with 1,213.

Schmidt and Sidari are incumbents. Woodworth is poised to replace Charlie Smith, who is retiring on Dec. 31.

Results of primary in Orleans County:

District Attorney (pick one)

  • Susan Howard – 2,120
  • John Sansone – 1,107

County Coroner (pick three)

  • Kevin Dann – 1,213
  • Julie Woodworth – 1,807
  • Rocco Sidari – 1,578
  • Scott Schmidt – 1,993

24th Congressional District (pick one)

  • Claudia Tenney – 1,937
  • Mario Fratto – 1,118

Carlton Town Board (pick one)

  • John Olles – 182
  • Jeffrey Gifaldi – 121

The remaining elections are for members of the Republican County Committee.

Shelby District 3 (pick two)

  • Bruce Schmidt – 20
  • Alana Koneski – 25
  • Stephen Seitz, Sr. – 20

In Shelby District 4 (pick two)

  • John Pratt III – 85
  • Benjamin Flansburg – 56
  • Thomas Winans – 94

In Yates District 2 (pick two)

  • Terry Chaffee, Jr. – 73
  • William Jurinich – 54
  • Lynne Johnson – 65
  • Steven Colon – 30